Evidence-Based Health Promotions Programs

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), called Living Healthy with Chronic Disease in North Carolina,—like the Living Healthy with Diabetes Program assist persons with arthritis, heart disease, COPD, fibromyalgia, diabetes and any other chronic disease to better manage their conditions and live a happier, healthier life.

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) assists persons with diabetes to manage their condition successfully. People experience a variety of issues related to chronic health conditions such as: pain, fatigue, depression, and medication complications. This program is designed to help participants identify the issues; identify the barriers to successfully managing the issues, and to develop an action plan that will lead to better health and symptom management

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP), called Living Healthy with Diabetes in North Carolina, assist individuals who have chronic pain by emphasizing four concepts: (1) each person with chronic pain is different, (2) there are a number of things people with chronic pain can do to feel better, (3) with knowledge and by experimenting, each individual is the best judge of which self-management tools and techniques are best for him or her and (4) the responsibility for managing your chronic pain day-to-day rests with you, not anybody else.

CDSMP, CPSMP and DSMP programs were developed through Stanford University Patient Education.  The workshop meets 2.5 hours once a week for six weeks. Each participant receives a companion book and an audio relaxation CD.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program— is a group exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis that uses gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility, range of motion and maintain muscle strength. This program, originally developed by the Arthritis Foundation, has classes that meet for 1 hour twice weekly for eight weeks.

A Matter of Balance—is an 8 session program specifically designed to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve activity levels among community dwelling older adults.  The program uses practical coping strategies to reduce fear of falling and to diminish the risk of falling including group discussions, mutual problem solving, exercises to improve strength, coordination and balance, and home safety evaluation.

Matter of BalanceEvidence BasedContact Susan Tucker at stucker@kerrtarcog.org or 252-436-2040 ext.2041

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Housing Assistance Loan Program

The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG) has been awarded $200,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2021 cycle of the Urgent Repair Program to assist residents in the counties of Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren. The Urgent Repair program finances emergency home repairs for homeowners who are elderly or have special needs and whose incomes are below 50% of the median for the area.   Only repairs that address imminent threats to the life and/or safety of occupants of the dwelling unit or accessibility modifications will be performed under the program.   A total of 20 households are projected to be assisted.

In the Urgent Repair Program, one or two critical problems may be repaired, but the entire house is not addressed. Examples of work typically done under this program include roof or HVAC system repair, well or septic system repairs, adding accessibility features like ramps, bathroom grab bars and wider doors.

The COG will provide assistance, to those whose homes are selected for repairs, in the form of a loan. Homeowners will receive an unsecured deferred, interest-free loan, forgiven at a rate of $2,000 per year until the principal balance is reduced to zero.   The maximum amount of the loan available is $10,000.

Applications are available starting September 1, 2021 and must be returned to the COG office by 5:00 pm on November 5, 2021.  Clients to be assisted will be selected by January 1, 2022.

The application and program information are available on the Kerr-Tar Regional COG website at www.kerrtarcog.org or by calling 252-436-2040.

For information regarding Urgent Repair Policies and applications, see the links below.

The funds provided by the NCHFA for the Urgent Repair Program come from the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund.

2021 URP Flyer

2021 URP Policies

2021 URP Application

2021 URP Fillable Application

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