Self-Management BC Offers Four Programs for BC Adults
currently offers four
programs in the community
to enable adults in BC to
gain knowledge, skills and
confidence to manage
ongoing health conditions
and to assist them in
maintaining active and
These evidence-based programs were initially developed and evaluated at Stanford University in
California, and are currently implemented in various jurisdictions in Canada and more than 26
countries worldwide. They were introduced to BC more than two decades ago and have been
delivered to over 40,000 participants across the province, including many living in Indigenous
All four programs include action planning (setting of a shorter-term goal with a plan to achieve the
goal), problem solving, decision making and dealing with difficult emotions. Each of the programs
is open to BC adults living with one or multiple ongoing health conditions.
The programs currently available are:
- The Better Choices, Better Health Online Self-Management Program: A web-based, 6-week
program in which groups of about 25 people - all living with a variety of ongoing health
conditions - participate together.
- The Self-Management Health Coach Program: A telephone-based coaching program that
supports people living with chronic conditions to become better self-managers. Health
coaches connect with participants by telephone, once a week for 30 minutes, for a period of
- The Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions Program: An evidence-based program
that includes all tools in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program* packaged into a
- The Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions Program + Phone calls: Participants in
this 6-week program receive the materials from the Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic
Conditions Program and participate in a weekly 30-minute conference call with a program
leader and three other participants. This program is available in English, Chinese or Punjabi.
All 4 programs are free of charge and take place either online, by telephone, independently, or a
*The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is supported by the BC Ministry of Health and
in May 2012 was named a leading practice program by the Health Council of Canada.
For more information about any of the four programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (tollfree) 1-866-902-3767. You can also learn more by visiting www.selfmanagementbc.ca.