Pennsylvania Community Living Initiative (PA CLI)

Initiative Outcomes

  • Increased positive health behaviors among participants
  • Decreased negative diabetes management indicators
  • Increased access to DSMP services for older adults and adults with disabilities in Pennsylvania
  • Increased DSMP trained workforce
  • Improved referral into DSMP
  • Increased demand for DSMP


The Pennsylvania Community Living Initiative aims to reduce the negative impacts of diabetes on older adults and adults with disabilities through implementing and sustaining Stanford’s evidence-based Steps for Healthier Living™ Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) in sites throughout South-Central, Northeastern, and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Contact PA CLI at 1 (855) 344-2844  or to:

  • Receive more information
  • Enroll in a workshop
  • Become a lay leader
  • Offer space to host workshops
  • Partner with PA CLI

To directly speak with one of PA CLI's Lead Navigators about our programming, contact:

Lucita Rivera (Philadelphia)

To download a full list of our future workshops in PDF, please click here.


Steps for Healthier Living™ Diabetes Self-Management Program

PA CLI will implement and sustain the Steps for Healthier Living™ Diabetes Self-Management Program, an evidence-based curriculum and workshop series from the Stanford Patient Education Research Center of Stanford University. Participants will engage in weekly action plans, shared experiences, and organized group problem solving to succeed together in managing their diabetes. Physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed and approved all materials used in the workshop.

The workshops are:

  • For adults with type 2 diabetes, age 60 or older, and adults with disabilities, 18 and older
  • Held once a week for six weeks in 2 ½ hour sessions
  • Held in community locations that are convenient and accessible to older adults and those with disabilities, such as churches, libraries, community centers, and healthcare settings
  • Facilitated by two trained lay leaders, one or both of whom have diabetes

Subjects covered in the DSMP workshop include:

FatigueDepressionAppropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
PainAngerHealthy eating
Hyper/hypoglycemiaFearAppropriate use of medication
StressFrustrationWorking more effectively with health care providers

More information on the Self Management Resource Center's Diabetes Self-Management Program can be found here.

The Self Management Resource Center Diabetes Self-Management Program, an evidence-based Self-Management Program developed and previously offered by The Stanford Patient Education Research Center at Stanford University, and is supported by grant number 90CS0053-01-00 to Health Promotion Council from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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