WHAT'S NEW AT ODHP:
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has released the second brief in their two-part series examining disability and health in Ohio. The new brief is titled “Health and disabilities basics part II: The health challenges facing Ohioans with disabilities” (pdf, 12 pages). This brief explores how people with disabilities face complex challenges to achieving optimal health and well-being. The brief also examines current federal and state laws and policies designed to mitigate barriers to optimal health for those with disabilities. Broad recommendations for policies and strategies to address these barriers are also included.
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, including an overview of the state entities that provide, coordinate and/or fund public services. The paper also explores demographics, eligibility criteria and scope issues.
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.
**New Disability Awareness Trainings for First Responders and Emergency Planners!**
The Ohio Disability and Health Program has produced two hour-long disability training videos for First Responders (Law Enforcement, EMS, and Fire personnel) and Emergency Planners. We are excited to announce that both trainings have been completed and 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. We are currently developing the web platform that will allow first responders to view the training through the OSU Center for EMS website, take a post-quiz, and receive a certificate granting continuing education credit. 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
**Disability and Health Vital Signs from CDC**
The CDC has released a Vital Signs campaign focused on increasing physical activity among people with disabilities.
Did you know that 1 in 2 adults with disabilities get no aerobic physical activity compared with 1 in 4 adults without disabilities? This new site contains tips on how people with disabilities, health professionals, and communities can all pitch in to help with this pressing health concern. You can check out a wealth of new resources at the link below, including an Infographic to help healthcare workers address physical activity with their patients who have disabilities.
Check out the Disability and Physical Activity Vital Signs Here
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 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) is an advisory panel that has been formed to guide and assist in program activities.
In addition to these seven goals, 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.
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