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New Smoking Cessation Resources for People with Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Health's Tobacco Program has created smoking cessation materials to appeal to people with disabilities (PWD), including 2 Posters promoting the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line and 1 Brochure that includes information about the benefits of quitting smoking for PWD and tips to help caregivers, physicians, healthcare staff and other direct service providers encourage smoking cessation among the PWD they serve. These materials are appropriate for distribution or display at any facility or organization that serves PWD in Ohio. All materials are provided free of charge. Please considering ordering materials for your organization.  To order, please fill out the Fillable Order Form (PDF) and e-mail directly to the Ohio Department of Health at: tobaccoprevention@odh.ohio.gov

You can also download PDFs of the materials on our Health Promotion Resources Page (nisonger.osu.edu/odhp/resources/healthpromotion)

ODHP is offering another Healthy Lifestyles Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Columbus this March!

March 24th & 25th, 2015

The Ohio State Fawcett Center, Columbus Ohio

Healthy Lifestyles is a 2-day workshop that is free, fun, and educational for people who will commit to teaching people with disabilities about Healthy Lifestyles!

More information can be found here: 2015 Healthy Lifestyles Save the Date! (PDF)

Who Should Attend ***IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:     

Individuals who have the support and resources to commit to directly teach at least one Healthy Lifestyles (HL) workshop to individuals with disabilities in the next 12 months. Workshops are conducted using the format and schedule that best meets the trainers and the participants needs. Monthly support groups for a minimum of six months are also required as part of the HL curriculum. Trainers need to have the capacity to implement the HL workshops and provide all necessary curriculum materials to participants. Individuals attending this training will be expected to directly teach the HL workshop in the next 12 months. If you have questions or are unsure if you meet the criteria please contact Erica Coleman for clarification.

Register by clicking HERE (Registration for this training is currently full)

Find the Organization Commitment Form Here

Contact Erica Coleman for more information: Erica.Coleman@cchmc.org or 513-803-4399

DisabilityBasics_Part2_CoverHealth Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) briefs examining disability and health in Ohio

The first part in the series, titled “Health and disabilities basics: Overview of health coverage, programs and services,” presents the current landscape of health coverage, programs and services for people with disabilities. The brief also explores demographics, eligibility criteria and scope issues.

The second brief, “Health and disabilities basics part II: The health challenges facing Ohioans with disabilities,” explores the complex challenges people with disabilities face in achieving optimal health and well-being. It also examines federal and state policies that address these challenges and makes recommendations for future policies.

ODHP has contributed to these briefs by providing content on disability demographics and health disparities in Ohio. A link to these briefs can also be found on our Health Policy Resources Page.

**Disability Awareness Trainings for First Responders and Emergency Planners from ODHP**

The Ohio Disability and Health Program has produced two hour-long disability training videos for First Responders and Emergency Planners. Both trainings are publically available on YouTube with closed captions:

ODHP is currently working with The Ohio State University Center for EMS, who will be hosting the trainings on their website to make them available for Continuing Education (CEU/CPT) credit for EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, and Nursing personnel.  Please check back for more information.

More information on each training and additional resources for First Responders and Emergency Planners can be found at the following links:

First Responder Training and Resources

Emergency Planner Training and Resources


A collage of five photos showing people with various disabilities. From left to right: 1. A young boy is pictured with his brother, smiling; 2. A man is pictured walking in a mall with his service animal; 3. A young girl is pictured with her wheelchair; 4. A smiling youg woman; 5. A woman using American Sign Language (ASL).


Who is ODHP?

The Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP) is a grant-funded state program with the goals to promote health, improve emergency preparedness, and increase access to care for Ohioans with disabilities. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ODHP will:

  • Develop and enhance program infrastructure and capacity
  • Improve state level health surveillance and monitoring activities
  • Increase awareness of health-related disability policy initiatives
  • Increase health promotion opportunities for people with disabilities to maximize health
  • Improve access to health care for people with disabilities
  • Improve emergency preparedness among people with disabilities
  • Effectively monitor and evaluate program activities

ODHP serves as a resource to the state and is well positioned to provide Technical Assistance related to disability and health for businesses, organizations, and people with disabilities in Ohio.

ODHP is a partnership amongst the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the two Ohio UCEDDs (University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disability) at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center and the University of Cincinnati (UC UCEDD), and the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC). Another key collaborator for this program is the disability community; a Disability Community Planning Group (DCPG) has been formed to guide and assist in program activities.

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