Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities
In partnership and with support from the CDC Disability and Health Branch of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, NACDD is proud to lead the Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities national pilot project with five states and 10 local communities to make inclusive healthy choices the easy choices for people in areas where they live, learn, work, play, pray, and receive care. Nearly one in five Americans has a disability of some sort, and people with disabilities are disproportionately affected with chronic diseases and conditions.
To mitigate this, NACDD, with help from its project partners at the National Center for Health Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Lakeshore Foundation, is helping communities navigate through the phased healthy community change process to improve access and opportunity for healthy eating, physical activity and prevention or reduction of tobacco use through establishing new and supportive policies, systems, and environments (PSEs), with a principal focus of disability inclusion. This process closely resembles previous healthy community projects like ACHIEVE.
The collaboration with the following project partners make the work of this national pilot project possible:
CDC Disability and Health Branch
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative
University of Illinois at Chicago
CDC State Disability and Health Programs applied for the project, identifying two local communities to participate as part of the competitive application process. The five CDC State Disability and Health Programs of Iowa, Montana, New York, Ohio, and Oregon and the two local communities identified in each of their applications were selected to receive funding and participate in the project. Below is a full list of pilot project participants:
CDC State Disability and Health Grantees:
Iowa (University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development)
Montana (University of Montana)
New York (New York State Department of Health, Health Research, Inc.)
Ohio (The Ohio State University Nisonger Center)
Oregon (Oregon Health and Science University)
Adams County, Ohio
Benton County, Oregon
Carroll County, Iowa
Cattaraugus County, New York
Marion County, Ohio
Sioux City, Iowa
Syracuse, New York
Umatilla County, Oregon
Thanks to the videography of NCHPAD and the Lakeshore Foundation, the following project videos were created:
Project Compilation Video:
This compilation video details an overview of the national pilot project and features each of the 10 local community grantees, showcasing in their own their efforts and their project experiences.
Individual Community Videos:
The following videos represent project snippets from each participant community who are inspiring inclusive healthy communities through PSE implementation of physical activity and healthy eating strategies.