ODHP aims to work on developing and moving forward policy initiatives that will address and improve the health of people with disabilities (PWD) in Ohio, as well as raise awareness about these initiatives. Our program targets to have policies in place that support the health of PWD and to inform policymakers who can respond to the needs of PWD. A big effort has been to raise awareness of disability issues at the Ohio Department of Health by presenting at various staff meetings, and by including disability specific content in various materials. Eventually, ODHP would like to change the Ohio Department of Health’s grant and subsidy language to promote inclusion and monitoring of PWD in all public health programs. We are making progress in this goal by collaborating with the Office of Health Equity and other upper management officials within the state health department. We will also provide information to the community through policy briefs and fact sheets about current or potential health policy changes in Ohio and how it will impact people with disabilities.
The current monthly update can be found below.
ODHP’s health policy specialist attended numerous public health committee, workgroup, and planning meetings throughout the months of March and April to ensure that disability is being included in public health policy. Such meetings include:
Ohio Statewide Council of Independent Living Centers
The policy specialist attended the Ohio Statewide Council of Independent Living Centers’ quarterly meeting and provided an update on state progress toward achieving better health for PWD.
Prevention and Advisory Public Health Group Meeting
The policy specialist attended the Prevention and Advisory Public Health Group meeting at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. He provided information on disability identifiers in survey data and presented the case for including disability in the State Health Improvement Plan and State Health Assessment.
Division of Maternal and Child Health
The policy specialist met with the Division of Maternal and Child Health to add disability identifiers to the Ohio Home Visiting Programs’ data collection system.
Ohio Department of Health
The policy specialist developed a package of directives and guidance for the Department of Health to utilize to ensure that disability and health initiatives move forward during the next funding cycle.