CFHI On Call Webinars

Self-management Support for Patients, Families and Providers Working in Chronic Care and Managing Multimorbidity

Held January 20, 2015

The final of 4 webinars in our Caring for the 5% Webinar Series.


Caring for those who need it most requires working with individuals and their families to design care that better meets their needs. Unfortunately, in our hospital-based system, the sicker you are, the more fragmented care often becomes. In this fourth and final webinar of the On Call series “Caring for the 5%,” we feature self-management support, which, along with other key interventions such as access to robust multidisciplinary primary healthcare, greatly benefits patients living with chronic conditions and their families. This webinar will feature examples of self-management in practice, with consideration for how to support self-management when patients and their families live with multiple chronic conditions as well as when confounded by other social factors that influence health and well-being. Join CFHI and guest speakers Dr. Michael Vallis and Ms. Darla King as we explore self-management approaches for people living with chronic conditions.


  • Discuss self-management support and its role in improving chronic care for people and their caregivers (be they family carers or providers)
  • Discuss self-management support mechanisms for cases where people live with multiple chronic conditions (multimorbidity)
  • Share an example of integrating self-management support (from Western Health in NL for people living with type II diabetes) and how it was implemented, with what efforts (in terms of infrastructure requirements) and with what results (for patients, providers and the system)
  • Understand self-management support in cases where people live with chronic disease, confounded by other determinants of health (e.g., low literacy, homelessness, learned helplessness)

Speaker Biographies:

Michael Vallis imageT. Michael Vallis, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Dr. Vallis is a registered health psychologist practicing at the Capital Health, Halifax, and cross-appointed to Dalhousie University as Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Health and Human Performance. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, London and his main area of expertise is in adult health psychology, with a clinical emphasis on diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular risk and gastroenterology. He has developed the Behaviour Change Institute, a training program for lifestyle counselling skills for physicians, nurses, dieticians and other healthcare providers. He regularly supervises clinical and academic students at Dalhousie and is active in research on motivation, behavioural change and adaptation to chronic disease. He is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, is the Canadian Lead for the Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs 2 study (DAWN2), is the Canadian Co-Lead and on the International Steering Committee of the IBD Connect project. He is an academic mentor for the Canadian Foundation of HealthCare Improvement’s Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration and was recently awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Darla King imageDarla King, MScOT, OTRNL, Regional Director Medical Services, Western Health

Darla King received her Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Western Ontario, and Master of Science from Dalhousie University. She has over 20 years experience in health care in various front line and management roles. She has an interest in population health and chronic disease prevention and management as well as program development and evaluation. In her previous role as CDPM Manager, Darla provided leadership for Western Health’s Atlantic Collaborative for Improvement in Chronic Disease Project which focused on integration of self management support within local diabetes teams. Darla is currently employed as the Regional Director of Medical Services with Western Health in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.


Stephen Samis imageStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CFHI

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Jennifer Verma imageJennifer Verma, Senior Director, Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement, CFHI

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