Health and Disability
NACCHO, with support from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Arc of the United States, promotes the inclusion and engagement of people with disabilities in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs, products, and services. The goal of NACCHO's Health and Disability Project is to provide local health departments (LHDs) with practical strategies and recommendations, including tools and materials developed by peer LHDs, and relevant information from partner organizations.
The purpose of this project is to:
Tips and Strategies to Enhance and Expand Your Programs
This new guide presents information about the health of people with disabilities, a discussion of the importance of including people with disabilities in public health activities, and strategies for including people with disabilities in health department activities. Learn more.
Collaborate for Success
This directory provides an overview of organizations that serve people with disabilities in communities across the country. The directory includes information about the populations these organizations serve and explains how these organizations can compliment LHD efforts. Learn more.
Health and Disability Tools
NACCHO's Toolbox is a free, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the public health community. Tools within the Toolbox are materials and resources public health professionals and other external stakeholders can use to inform and improve their work in the promotion and advancement of public health objectives.
Tools in the newly developed Health and Disability Toolkit include the Disability and Health Data System, which is intended to be used by public health professionals to translate state-level, disability-specific data into public health information, American Sign Language Videos for preparedness, and resources for performing health assessments for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including a training video and assessment protocol.
Demonstration and Technical Assistance Project
Between 2005 and 2010 NACCHO's Health and Disability Workgroup provided guidance to a Demonstration and Technical Assistance project with the goal of increasing disability inclusion at local health departments (LHDs). The project included five demonstration sites (funded from 2005–2007), five sites that received technical assistance from the demonstration sites (funded from 2007–2008), and seven sites that received technical assistance from the previous demonstration and technical assistance sites (funded from 2009–2010).
Compiled information from this project includes descriptions of the activities implemented at each health department, final reports from many sites, and a tip sheet entitled, "Tips and Strategies for Successful Integration of People with Disabilities into Local Public Health Promotion Programs."
Use these lessons learned as you consider the best strategies for inclusion of people with disabilities in current or new programs. More »