Nationally recognized health workshops offered at library

Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP) series – Attend six sessions sponsored by Kansas Department of Health and Environment for caregivers, friends and individuals with a chronic condition to learn how to manage their emotional, physical and social challenges. To register, call 785-580-4540 or

The next 6 week series begins Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 5:30-8 pm in Hughes Room 205.

No charge for classes, and participants receive the “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” book.

As Health Information Librarian, I keep hearing about this workshop, and I was thrilled to be able to partner with local facilitators to have the workshop offered at the library

I chatted with one of the trained facilitators, Sandra Dickison to find out more about this interactive workshop series.

Why are you excited to be offering the KOHP  workshops?

Because it helps people with chronic conditions improve their lives. The workshop helps set goals, develop a plan and track progress toward improving your health – one step at a time.

Who can attend?

Any individual affected by chronic conditions includes Arthritis, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, or any health issue that is ongoing. Family and caregivers are encouraged to attend also.

Why include caregivers?

Because caregivers want to help, and in these workshops they learn better ways of helping, and increase their understanding of the chronic condition.

Do people get medical advice?

No, people learn how to better communicate their needs to their physician and health care team. We refer people to their health care providers for medical advice, or help them find library books with health information.

Who sponsors these workshops?

The Kansas Department of Aging, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Kansas Arthritis Program sponsor the workshops and leader trainings in our state. The Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP) is known nationally as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University and is being offered throughout the United States. Learn more about the Kansans Optimizing Health Program.

What materials are provided?

Workshop participants receive the “Living a Healthy Life with a Chronic Conditions” book that is a resource for additional information beyond the workshop topics.

What if I can’t attend the current session?

If you can’t make this session, another session will be scheduled in the future. To register for the current or future session, call Lissa Staley at 785-580-4540 or


The Health Information Neighborhood at the library provides books, DVDs and online resources on a variety of chronic conditions and health topics. Contact Health Information Librarian Lissa Staley at or 785-580-4555 for assistance.

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts & Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucchi.