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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Training of Health Care Professionals on Issues Facing People with Disabilities

FACT SHEET Most Americans or their family members will experience disability at some time in their lives. It is estimated that 54 million people in the United States have some type of long lasting condition or disability. This represents nearly 1 person in 5 or 20% of 257.2 million people age 5 and older. While […]

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 […]

A need for more health screening for people with disabilities.

According to the US Census Bureau, there are nearly 50 million Americans who have some type of disability (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). Within this population “persons with disabilities do not receive enough preventive care” and receive little or no health screening for such things as breast cancer, or preventive dental care (U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

Health Screening Recommendations for People With Disabilities

According to the US Census Bureau, there are nearly 50 million Americans who have some type of disability (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). Within this population “persons with disabilities do not receive enough preventive care” and receive little or no health screening for such things as breast cancer, or preventive dental care (U.S. Department of Health […]

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 […]

Call to Action: IOM Assessment of the Future of Disability

More than 40 million Americans live with a disability today. And unless the United States adopts smarter policies soon, the future will see far more people living with disabilities, many of them facing unnecessary restrictions that could be minimized by acting now. That’s according to a recent report prepared by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) […]

Compendium of Initiatives on Emergency Preparedness and People with Disabilities in CDC Funded States

ARKANSAS     Description of Activities The Arkansas Disability and Health Program has been working with disability agencies and organizations to assess knowledge levels regarding preparedness among people with disabilities.  This information has been used to develop targeted messages to improve preparedness.  Audiences targeted have included people with disabilities, caregivers, and agency personnel.   The […]