M4A is very pleased to announce we have been awarded a three year federal grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The grant will provide M4A and it's partners the opportunity to expand Alabama's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), entitled Living Well Alabama, across our five-county region. We will utilize trainers to provide this six week course to individuals living with one or more chronic disease, or anyone who has a loved one with a chronic disease, or is a caregiver and needs help to better manage their health condition.
In Alabama, the number of people who have chronic conditions is staggering and contributes to the leading cause of death in our state. In 2015, 3.2 million people in Alabama had at least 1 chronic disease, and 1.4 million had 2 or more chronic diseases.
CDSMP has been shown to improve health behaviors and health outcomes related to chronic conditions. We anticipate that delivering CDSMP to our chronically ill residents will result in a better quality of life and economic benefit, ultimately decreasing the number of deaths related to preventable chronic conditions.
A special thank you to Margaret Grubic and Robyn James for their hard work and dedication of this three year federal grant award!
M4A is getting ready to post a new job announcement to hire a Full-Time Health and Wellness/CDSMP Project Coordinator. The official Job Description will be posted to our website next week at www.m4a.org.