Programs > Tomando Control de su Salud

Tomando Control de su Salud is not a translation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). It was originally developed separately. Topics are similar, but they are presented in ways that are culturally appropriate. The teaching process for this program makes it highly effective. Classes are highly participatory. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.


  • Small group workshop
  • 2-1/2 hours per session
  • 1 session per week for 6 weeks
  • All workshops are given in Spanish without translators


  • Community settings such as churches, hospitals, senior centers and worksites


  • Spanish-speaking individuals managing a wide variety of chronic conditions participate together. Conditions may include arthritis, chronic pain, asthma, cancer, HIV, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.


  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Managing depression
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Appropriate use of the healthcare system
  • How to evaluate new treatments
  • Better breathing