Health and Disability

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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.

NACCHO, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Human Development and Disability, is pleased to provide funding for the Strengthening Disability Inclusion Efforts within Local Health Departments demonstration site project. The goal of this project is to enhance local capacity to meet the needs of people with disabilities within health department programs, policies, and services. NACCHO will make up to four awards available to local health departments with awards up to $25,000 each.

    Interested? Click here to learn more.

    Application submission deadline: January 20, 2023 by 11:59PM PT.

      Below are training on how local health department staff can include people with disabilities in their public health programs and leverage partnerships with local disability organizations.

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

      Fact Sheet: Five Steps for Inclusive Health Promotion
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      Follow-up National Assessment of the Practices, Awareness, and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Local Health Departments' Public Health Practices
      PDF
      Fact Sheet: Five Steps for Inclusive Communication: Engaging People with Disabilities
      PDF
      Fact Sheet: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness Efforts
      PDF
      Directory of Community-Based Organizations Serving People with Disabilities
      PDF
      Strategies for Successfully Including People with Disabilities in Health Department Programs, Plans, and Services
      PDF
      National Assessment of the Knowledge, Awareness, and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Local Health Departments’ Public Health Practices
      PDF
      What Local Health Departments Should Know about the Population of People with Disabilities
      PDF
      Including People with Disabilities in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Smoking Programs Offered by Local Health Departments
      PDF
      Including People with Disabilities in Reproductive Health Programs and Services
      PDF
      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
      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 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.

      Programs

      Jennifer Li

      Senior Advisor, Programs

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      Community Health Program

      Sara Lyons

      Program Analyst, Health and Disability

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      Community Health Program

      Uyen Tran

      Program Analyst, Health & Disability

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