Schedule a Free Accessibility Assessment for your Healthcare Facility!
Nearly 20% of the population in the United States reports having a disability. Over 97% of persons with disabilities (PWD) live among the general population and seek healthcare from the same providers as people without disabilities. PWD face significant disparities in health status and access to healthcare. In an effort to improve healthcare access to Ohioans with disabilities, the Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP), in collaboration with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and its partners, is offering free accessibility assessments to Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) facilities across the state of Ohio.
About the Ohio Disability and Health Program
The Ohio Disability and Health Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded program that aims to promote health and increase access to healthcare for Ohioans with disabilities. The ODHP is a partnership among the Ohio State University Nisonger Center, the Ohio Department of Health, the University of Cincinnati UCEDD, the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resources Center, and a disability community planning group.
About the Accessibility Assessments
The assessments will be provided free of cost to any FQHC in Ohio that wish to participate. Each assessment will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for the center, as to not interfere with day-to-day operations in the facility. An ODHP team member will use a validated assessment tool to measure the physical accessibility of the facility and its parking areas for people with sensory, intellectual, and/or physical disabilities. The assessment will take approximately two hours and will include confidential reporting and recommendations to each center that participates.
- Assess the physical accessibility of building and parking area
- Offer free online disability trainings for health providers/staff
- Approximately 2-3 hours
- Confidential report including recommendations
*Check out our Assessment Frequently Asked Questions – F.A.Q. (PDF) for more information about the assessment content and process*
Assessment Frequently Asked Questions – F.A.Q. (PDF)
Why do an Assessment?
- Identify access strengths & areas for improvement
- Strengthen compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Improve the experience and care for patients with disabilities including the elderly
- Help to maintain the mission of providing quality health care to vulnerable populations
- Assessment reports can establish the justification for capital improvement grant applications to support improving the accessibility of your facility
Are Potential Changes Feasible?
- Some changes can be inexpensive and very manageable
- E.g., Adjust position of handrails, adjust pressure/speed of automatic door closers, correctly positioning access signs
- Some changes may be more difficult or resource-intensive
- Capital-improvement funding opportunities will be shared
How do I Schedule an Assessment?
Your facility can schedule an assessment with us anytime!
To learn more about ODHP or how your health center can participate in these free accessibility assessments, please contact Yiping Yang at Yiping.Yang@osumc.edu or (614) 688-2928.
Feedback from Participating FQHC Leadership and Staff
“I found the accessibility concern and accessibility highlights columns most helpful. Not only did the report identify the problem; it also identified a solution.”
– FQHC Center Director
“They were courteous, professional, and thorough in their assessment, conducting their work with minimum disruption to staff and patients at each health center.”
– FQHC Outreach Coordinator
“Finally, as part of my position involves reaching out to individuals with disabilities, I am most grateful for the information contained in these reports. I believe it is an invaluable tool, helping [our facility] take a look at how we are serving individuals with mobility, sensory, and cognitive impairments and becoming better prepared to meet their unique needs. It will allow us to make adjustments not only to the physical environment, but also in how staff communicate with and better serve individuals with disabilities. We thank [ODHP] for taking time to evaluate our centers and providing us with a detailed report and excellent recommendations.”
– FQHC Outreach Coordinator
Words used to describe our assessment:
- Minimal disruption to staff and patients
*Important Note* – The Ohio Disability and Health Program is NOT a regulatory or ADA enforcement agency and will not be reporting the findings of your assessment to any outside agencies. All other reports or sharing of findings during public health and disability related forums or in reports to our funders, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be general, where facility names and locations are not disclosed. The assessment that you receive from ODHP will be completely confidential and is intended only to provide you with insight about the level of accessibility of your healthcare facility.