In partnership with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, students in the public health graduate program received leader training and certification in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). The certification took place over four full day training sessions. The training was facilitated by two master trainers: Carleena Angwin, MFA, Public Health Educator at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, and Chelauna Sterling, MPH, Outreach Specialist at the Primary Care & Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro, TN.

Attendees of the CDSMP training included fourteen public health students, two faculty, one staff member, and two Hamilton County Health Department staff members. Recipients of the CDSPM certification are able to facilitate the 6-week, evidence-based program across the Chattanooga community. The goal of the CDSMP is to empower participants to live a healthy life, increase their self-efficacy and motivation, and provide them with the skills necessary to self-manage their chronic condition. To learn more about CDSMP, click here.

The UTC Public Health program is very grateful for the partnership developed with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department. A special thank you to Cathy Cowart, Manager of the Health Promotion and Wellness Section, for the support and making the CDSMP Leader Training at UTC a huge success!