Kansas Optimizing Health Program (KOHP)

About the Program

The Kansas Optimizing Health Program (KOHP) is known nationally as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University.

KOHP is a highly interactive program where people of various chronic conditions come together to learn and practice new skills over a six week period to manage their chronic condition. The participants meet once a week for 2.5 hours to discuss and problem solve a variety of topics relevant to coping with chronic conditions. The topics discussed include but are not limited to:
  • Learning how to become more physically active safely
  • Learning how to make healthy food choices
  • Learning how to communicate with family, friends, and the health care team
  • Learning how to become an active member of the health care team
  • Learning how to deal with difficult emotions, frustration, and anger
  • Learning how to set and achieve weekly action plans
  • Learning how to identify and solve problems caused by having a chronic condition


The workshops are appropriate and beneficial for anyone dealing with an ongoing chronic health conditions, family members, or caregivers. Workshop participants receive the “Living a Healthy Life with a Chronic Conditions” book that is a resource for additional information beyond the workshop topics. The primary conditions covered in the book include but are not limited to the following:
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease


The Butler County Department on Aging, in conjunction with the Butler County Health Department, holds KOHP classes in El Dorado. Come and join us as we start a new session this summer. Look for us to begin the latter part of August.The registration fee is $20 and there are scholarships available. For more information, or to enroll, contact Pat at (800) 279-3655 or visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment KOPH website.