NCBDDD and AAHD Partnership (2011-2012)
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the American Association on Health and Disabilities have entered into a contract entitled, “The Disability and Health Education and Partnership Development Project”. The purpose of the project is to work towards increasing the capacity at the National, State, Territorial and Community level to improve the health of people with disabilities and to work towards integrating disability into the overall public health agenda.
Objective #1: Disseminating information, via a coordinated integrated strategic plan on a regular basis, to federal agencies, non profit organization, public health organizations, health care professionals and providers, state health departments, disability researchers and individuals;
Objective #2: Identifying representatives from the above named entities and policy makers, advocates/national organizations and service providers in the broad areas of public health and disability;
Objective #3: Serving as a mechanism for communications between the CDC, Disability and Health Branch and these above agencies and individuals regarding opportunities for improving the health of people with disabilities and eliminating barriers to improved health status.
To accomplish these objectives, some of the highlights that AAHD will be engaged in include
- Create databases of state partners, state developmental disability councils, disability organizations, state health departments, state departments of education, rehabilitation and other pertinent entities;
- Research and identify disability and public health organizations within each state and territory and provide information on disability and health;
- Maintain and update the AAHD Health Promotion Resource Center (www.aahd.us) and perform Literature Searches and Best Practice reports on relevant topics; disseminate materials to identified targets; develop fact sheets, policy statements;
- Develop Webinar Series to showcase contemporary topics related to disability and health; maintain listserves; newsletters and utilize social media techniques to reach targeted audience;
- Collaborate with public health organizations with an interest in public health to work towards integrating people with disabilities into their health promotion programs;
- Develop new partnerships with organizations to educate them about reducing health disparities in people with disabilities and the importance of health promotion and wellness;
- Develop policy and legislative summaries, analysis and materials and other resources related to disability and health; develop white papers and legislative analysis;
- Create educational and awareness materials to be delivered to policy makers, public health officials, and disability service providers about importance of state and local health promotion and prevention services for people with disabilities;
- Attend national coalition meetings and continue to educate colleagues about the valuable work of NCBDDD, the importance of integrating disability into the overall public health agenda, work to identify effective interventions strategies to reduce the incidence of secondary conditions and educate colleagues.
- Provide technical assistance to organizations seeking support on disability and health, such as access, accommodations, messaging and training of health care providers.