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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) partners with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," which features UMMS specialists who share their medical expertise with viewers all across Maryland.

UMMS guests appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7 p.m.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

Next Your Health Segment

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Living Well - A Discussion On Chronic Illness and Disease Management

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 7 pm

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75% of health care costs in the United States are due to chronic conditions. Approximately 133 million Americans (nearly 50%) live with at least one chronic illness, and older adults are likely to have multiple chronic conditions. Coupled with the fact that the fastest growing demographic group in the U.S. is people age 65 and older, identifying strategies to prevent chronic illnesses and improve self-management is key to controlling health care costs and improving quality of life.

Thomas Merkle, MD, a Hospitalist and Chief of Medicine, and Veronica L. Gales Short, PT, MS, PPA, Patient Navigator on the Spinal Cord Unit, both of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute, will discuss chronic illness and disease management on MPT’s Direct Connection show during the “Your Health” segment on Monday night, October 28 at 7 p.m.

Offered at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute, The Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is an evidence-based prevention and health promotion program that addresses common issues faced by people with chronic conditions. The program includes six weekly classes that offer information on appropriate exercise, healthful eating and medication usage as well as improving communication with healthcare providers and friends and family.

Do you have a general question about chronic illness or disease management? During the show, call 1-800-926-0629 or email your question to