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. The program provides local health departments with the tools and resources needed to successfully include people with disabilities in all local health department activities.

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Addressing Needs of People with Disabilities During COVID-19

NACCHO is providing funding to address needs of people with disabilities in COVID-19 preparedness efforts. Apply by October 13, 2020.

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Addressing Needs of People with Disabilities During COVID-19

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5 Years of NACCHO’s Health & Disability Technical Assistance

Find out how NACCHO empowers local health departments to include people with disabilities.

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5 Years of NACCHO’s Health & Disability Technical Assistance

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Webinar Recording: Include People with Disabilities in MAPP

Learn to support disability inclusion efforts in community health assessments and improvement plans.

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Webinar Recording: Include People with Disabilities in MAPP

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 2019-2020 fellowship cohort are 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
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Engaging People with Disabilities: Strategies for Rural Health Departments
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Fact Sheet: Five Steps for Inclusive Health Promotion
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Fact Sheet: Five Steps for Inclusive Communication: Engaging People with Disabilities
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Fact Sheet: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness Efforts
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Directory of Community-Based Organizations Serving People with Disabilities
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Strategies for Successfully Including People with Disabilities in Health Department Programs, Plans, and Services
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National Assessment of the Knowledge, Awareness, and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Local Health Departments’ Public Health Practices
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What Local Health Departments Should Know about the Population of People with Disabilities
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Including People with Disabilities in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Smoking Programs Offered by Local Health Departments
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Including People with Disabilities in Reproductive Health Programs and Services
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Health and Disability Success Story: Region 2 of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
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Kent County Health Department: A Story of Successful Inclusion of People with Disabilities
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MAPP Resource Guide for Disability Inclusion
Capacity-Building Toolkit for Including Aging & Disability Networks in Emergency Planning

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.

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