State Initiatives

Building Public Health Programs for All: A Policy Approach in New York

The best way of ensuring access and integration for people with disabilities is involving people with disabilities in early conversations that matter, according to Theresa Paeglow, program manager, Disability and Health Program, New York State Department of Health. In that way, the needs of people with disabilities are built into program design and implementation, rather […]

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South Carolina Rare Conditions Project

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded South Carolina Study of Adolescents and Young Adults with Rare Conditions grant will utilize administrative data that are managed by the Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) at the South Carolina Budget and Control Board and the SC Disability Cube, created by the Study Team with colleagues […]

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Online Course Helps Healthcare Providers Improve Access for People with Disabilities

Ten percent of adults with disabilities in Kansas ran into barriers to health care access, according to the 2009 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Among that group, 14% said the restriction involved physical access, 6% cited disability-specific communication barriers, and 27% reported having been treated unfairly due to their disability. To help reduce […]

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Online Course Helps Healthcare Providers Improve Access for People with Disabilities

Ten percent of adults with disabilities in Kansas ran into barriers to health care access, according to the 2009 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Among that group, 14% said the restriction involved physical access, 6% cited disability-specific communication barriers, and 27% reported having been treated unfairly due to their disability. To help reduce […]

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New York Builds Disability and Minority Interests into RFP Process

As of January 2009, all Requests for Proposals/Applications (RFP/A) issued from New York’s Department of Health, Center for Community Health (CCH) must reflect the needs of people with disabilities and minorities, regardless of where the funding is coming from — the state or the private sector. In March 2010, the policy was extended to the […]

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North Dakota: Off to a Great Start

The health and wellness prospects for people with disabilities in North Dakota are brighter, thanks to a new grant from the CDC. Under the direction of principal investigator Brent Askvig, Ph.D., the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) is working on a five-year project to promote the health and wellness of North Dakota citizens […]

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Illinois and Partners: Working Toward a Common Goal

Carla Cox, MPH, CHES, of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, talks about program goals, challenges and doing a job with meaning. What is your goal for the first year of the grant?* The goal of the Illinois Disability and Health Program is to reduce and prevent secondary conditions […]

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Florida: Coming Together for Public Health

In promoting the health of people with disabilities, delivering effective health communication messages, and assessing health risks and the health status of people with disabilities, Florida faces some unique challenges. First, more than 3.2 million Floridians – 22.2 percent – have a disability1 —considerably more than the national average of 19.3 percent. And the number of […]

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Oregon: Charting New Paths to Health and Happiness

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) embraces a holistic approach to health and well-being for people with disabilities, which promotes access to quality health care, employment, education, housing, recreation, meaningful relationships, and public and private services. OODH is currently working on two exciting projects: disseminating “Disability and Public Health” to schools of public health and […]

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Delaware: Making Health Strides for People With Disabilities

Alisha Raiford-Hall and Tom Kelly of Delaware’s Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) have been hard at work. Thanks to a grant from the CDC in 2005, the division has been able to start incorporating the needs of Delawareans with disabilities into its overall Healthy People 2010 programs. As part of that effort, the Healthy Delawareans with […]

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