About Volunteer Peer Leader Training

Learning to lead the "Healthy Change" workshop is not hard! You can be part of an exciting community initiative to prevent and better manage chronic diseases within our health system.

Interested community members, typically volunteers, can train to deliver the "Healthy Change with Chronic Conditions" workshop. Both the workshop and the training course have been designed and tested by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. Volunteer Peer Leader Training is a free 4-day process. Trainees are required to attend all four days of the Leader Training.

Volunteer Peer Leaders may be health service providers or lay people, and usually have first-hand experience of living with chronic conditions themselves. Leaders often register for the training in pairs, since all self-management workshops are co-facilitated by two leaders working together. We ask health care providers that are sending a staff member for training to also send a person who is living with the chronic condition.

Each Volunteer Peer Leader receives a FREE Leader's Manual and a copy of the Healthy Change reference book. We can accommodate only 10-25 trainees in each training session, so space is limited. In most cases, accommodations, meals, and mileage for trainees is reimbursed.

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