DMRC Mission Statement

To serve the state of Delaware by establishing, implementing, and sustaining Delaware’s reserve units of medical and non-medical volunteers to strengthen the public health infrastructure, improve emergency preparedness response, and increase community resilience in Delaware.

Delaware Self-Management Programs

Four programs to help people manage their chronic diseases more effectively. These programs address the most common chronic disease challenges:

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) — for Delawareans with other chronic diseases (such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, lung disease, heart disease, and osteoporosis) & their caregivers.  Read More

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) — for Delawareans with diabetes & their caregivers. Read More

Chonic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) — for Delawareans with chonic pain & their caregivers. Read More

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (CTSP) — for Delawareans affected by cancer. Read More

Select Here for Calendar of Statewide Workshops


Program Highlights

These evidence-based self-management programs (SMP) are highly interactive and focus on building skills, sharing experiences, and providing support. The program is especially helpful for those with more than one chronic condition, as it provides the skills for coordinating all the tools they need to manage their health and stay active in their lives.

The workshops are led by peer “Lay Leaders”. Our Lay Leader training begins with a 4-day Chronic Disease Self Management Program Lay Leader Training. Upon completion of that anchor training, Lay Leaders are then eligible to take any of our cross-trainings for: Diabetes SMP Lay Leader Training, Chronic Pain SMP Lay Leader Training, and Cancer Thriving and Surviving Lay Leader Training. These trainings are supplemented with support to encourage and assist with setting up and promoting your workshops, via online resources (click here to view) and Lay Leader Mentors. Please contact if you are interested in attending one of these trainings.



SMP Workshops Cover These Topics:

  • Techniques to deal with symptoms: fatigue, pain, depression, stress, etc.
  • Working effectively with health care providers
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Healthy eating, meal planning, carbohydrate counting
  • Problem solving


SMP Participants Will:

  • Learn how to read food labels
  • Understand the importance of an action plan for chronic disease control
  • Build confidence
  • Learn how to prevent or delay complications
  • Take action to control disease manifestations such as blood level readings (A1C, blood glucose, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure)
  • Receive the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.


Attention Community Leaders

Host a FREE Program! For more information, please contact us at! Churches, Community Centers, Doctors Offices – anyplace with a meeting room! FREE program for your community!


Get Involved

Register, Host or Learn More: email or call us at 302-831-6136


Calendar of Statewide Workshops

Additional Details and Online Registration


* Program is offered FREE through a coalition of the University of Delaware School of Nursing, and the Division of Public Health, Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention and Control Program and the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC).