ODHP Project Activities

Over the next 5 years, ODHP will work to substantially improve the health and quality of life of over 2 million Ohioans with disabilities through the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based strategies with four main activities that include physical activity, nutrition intervention, tobacco cessation, and training and education. ODHP recognizes these activities as an integral component of our five-year strategy to reduce the disparities in cardiovascular disease and diabetes among people with disabilities in the state of Ohio. Click on each activity to learn more about our current projects and how we plan to move forward in the future. Current Monthly Updates are also posted for each activity at the end of each month. If we have no substantial updates to report in a particular area during the month, no update will be posted for that area.

Current activities:

  • Physical Activity
  • Nutrition Intervention
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Training and Education

To carry out our physical activity initiatives ODHP will partner with the Creating Healthy Communities Leadership team at the Ohio Department of Health to support several statewide physical activity initiatives. Further ODHP will work with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability to provide education and in-person training to Creating Healthy Community members.


ODHP will collaborate with Local Matters, and Franklin County Residential Services to carry out nutrition intervention initiatives for people with intellectual disabilities. Local Matters is a non-profit organization that works to provide food education to decrease food insecurity and diet-related diseases. ODHP will work with Local Matters to adapt and demonstrate their Cooking Matters program, a 6-week course that aids individuals in cooking healthy meals on a limited budget to people with intellectual disabilities and their direct support staff members.


ODHP will partner with Centers for Independent Living to implement the Living Independent from Tobacco program. This is an 8-session tobacco cessation program adapted for people with disabilities that will be implemented across the state. The program embodies a behavioral counseling approach toward educating consumers on the benefits of quitting and methods of managing cravings and lifestyle changes.


ODHP will establish a consensus on the disability competencies required for health care providers to provide quality care to patients with disabilities. ODHP will collaborate with the Alliance on Disability in Health Care Education to carry out this initiative. ODHP will work with accrediting and licensure bodies in medicine, nursing, and allied health professions to integrate disability competencies into requirements for program accreditation and provider licensure. ODHP will also train health care providers to provide quality health screenings and assessments to patients with disabilities.

We welcome feedback on all of our project activities. If you have a comment or would like more information about any of our activities please contact our Clinical Research Assistant, Wesley Barnhart at Wesley.Barnhart@osumc.edu, or any other member of our team.

You can also find more information about this type of program through the archived webcast of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds: Where in health is disability? Public health practices to include people with disabilities.

Archived Monthly Updates for all goal areas can be found in PDF form here. Please contact us if you require the updates in an alternate format.