Health and Disability


NACCHO’s Health and Disability Program is supported by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program provides local health departments with the tools and resources needed to successfully include people with disabilities in all local health department activities.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and NACCHO invite you to attend a series of webinars: COVID-19 Vaccination and Reaching People with Disabilities on March 30, March 31, April 7, and April 8 from 1:00 to 2:00pm ET.

Join our organizations, state-level jurisdictions, and CDC guests to hear about promising practices on how states are reaching people with disabilities.

Learn more and register.

NACCHO’s Health and Disability fellowship program is a training program for graduate students in the field of public health who are interested in learning more about the population of people with disabilities as a public health priority population. NACCHO’s Health and Disability fellows have several workforce development opportunities including: providing technical assistance to local health departments, maintaining a health and disability tool-kit, and developing disability fact sheets and trainings for local health department staff.

In addition, fellows participate in workgroup meetings with NACCHO’s national partners, as well as receive a stipend and travel support to at least one conference. Fellows may work remotely from their graduate schools or at NACCHO’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Fellows are expected to work a total of 10 hours a week. Applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship cohort are now closed.

Local health departments can learn how to better include people with disabilities in their programs, products, and services by reviewing the following resources:

E-Learning Module: Health & Disability 101 - Health Department Employee Training
Follow-up National Assessment of the Practices, Awareness, and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Local Health Departments' Public Health Practices
Engaging People with Disabilities: Strategies for Rural Health Departments
Fact Sheet: Five Steps for Inclusive Health Promotion
Fact Sheet: Five Steps for Inclusive Communication: Engaging People with Disabilities
Fact Sheet: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness Efforts
Directory of Community-Based Organizations Serving People with Disabilities
Strategies for Successfully Including People with Disabilities in Health Department Programs, Plans, and Services
National Assessment of the Knowledge, Awareness, and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Local Health Departments’ Public Health Practices
What Local Health Departments Should Know about the Population of People with Disabilities
Including People with Disabilities in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Smoking Programs Offered by Local Health Departments
Including People with Disabilities in Reproductive Health Programs and Services
Health and Disability Success Story: Region 2 of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Kent County Health Department: A Story of Successful Inclusion of People with Disabilities
MAPP Resource Guide for Disability Inclusion
Capacity-Building Toolkit for Including Aging & Disability Networks in Emergency Planning
NACCHO Empowers Local Health Departments to Include People with Disabilities in All Activities
Including People with Disabilities in the MAPP Process Webinar Slides
Including People with Disabilities in the MAPP Process Webinar Recording
Recognizing Intersectionality and Unpacking Unconscious Bias
Reducing Healthcare Inequities Experienced by Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Learning Together: Creating Engaging, Accessible, and Inclusive Virtual Meetings
Inclusive Gardening in The Sunflower State
Inclusive Physical Activity During the Pandemic: Role of Local Health Departments

NACCHO provides technical assistance to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in all health department activities, including emergency preparedness planning/response, health promotion, community health assessment and improvement planning, and staff training.

NACCHO holds initial one hour consultation calls with local health departments and outlines an action plan. NACCHO staff and fellows provide technical assistance and local health departments are provided with a summary report including recommendations and resources to promote inclusion.

NACCHO’s Health and Disability program maintains a diverse workgroup with partners from national disability organizations, local health departments, academic researchers and people with disabilities. The workgroup meets on a quarterly basis. The workgroup is instrumental in reviewing tools and resources for local health departments and has played a crucial role in the development of NACCHO's Health and Disability policy statement.

You can view policy statements developed by the Health and Disability team that demonstrate NACCHO's commitment to health and disability at the local level on the NACCHO policies page.

Sent mid-month, the Health and Disability Bulletin shares news, tools, resources, events, and opportunities related to disability inclusion and awareness.

  1. Log in to MyNACCHO (or create a free account).
  2. Go to “My Subscriptions.”
  3. Check the box next to "Health Disability Newsletter" (and any other e-newsletters you wish you receive).
  4. Click “Save” at the bottom of the page.


Jennifer Li

Senior Advisor, Programs

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Community Health Program

Sara Lyons

Program Analyst, Health and Disability

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