Multnomah County (OR) Health Department
Approximately 115,000 residents in Multnomah County have a disability. The Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) and its community partners conducted a pilot project to promote the health and well-being of people with disabilities funded by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).
Assemble a community-based steering committee to guide the project and ensure the relevance of the activities listed below:
Pam Ballentine, Community Organizer
The Multnomah County Health Dept. (MCHD) Community Capacitation Center (CCC) created a Steering Committee that was divided into three subcommittees. With support from the MCHD Assessment and Evaluation Unit, the first subcommittee conducted a convenience sample survey of health department clients with disabilities. The results of the survey were incorporated into the health promotion summit, the product of the second subcommittee. The summit focused on the concept that people with disabilities constitute a community and public health professionals should relate to them as a community. The third subcommittee is working to develop a voluntary emergency registry to alert emergency response workers to community members with disabilities. The success of this project was dependent on approaching health promotion in the disability community in the same way it approaches health promotion in other communities of color and culture. This meant working in partnership with leaders and members of the disability community and focusing on the underlying social determinants of health among people with disabilities.
Credit for the survey should be given to the subcommittee (names are on a slide in the PowerPoint presentation) and Christine Sorvari, MPH. Credit for the VER should be given to the subcommittee and to Michael Hardt, Multnomah County Adult and Disability Services, and Nicole Cheron, City of Portland.