Healthy U in ASL for Deaf Community – Please Share Information

Healthy U Ohio is a free, six week, workshop to help people learn to manage chronic health conditions and feel healthier. ODHP is offering a Healthy U Pilot workshop in American Sign Language (ASL) for the Deaf community in the Spring of 2016. People who attend this workshop and provide feedback on their satisfaction with the program will receive a gift card. Snacks will be provided at all sessions.
We are currently recruiting ASL fluent people who are interested in this workshop and will be planning a workshop around the schedules of those who are interested.

Please share this information and have people who are interested contact Rosalind Gjessing (614) 688-2928 or Rosalind.Gjessing@osumc.edu.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Trainings for People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers

UC UCEDD, as part of the Ohio Disability and Health Program, in partnership with the American Red Cross, offers Disaster & Preparedness Training for People with Disabilities & Their Caregivers, a daylong training session to explore individual needs, regional resources, and emergency preparedness. So far more than 200 people have received this potentially life-saving training. Read more about this training on UC UCEDD's webpage: https://www.ucucedd.org/training-stories/people-disabilities-also-need-p...

To learn about upcoming training opportunities, please take a moment to like UC UCEDD and the Ohio Disability and Health Program on Facebook.

Disability and Health among Ohio Youth - 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Factsheets

In 2013, disability identifiers were added to the Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a statewide survey evaluating the health risk behaviors of Ohio high school students in grades 9 through 12. The Ohio Disability and Health Program analyzed the 2013 YRBS data and found that youth with disabilities face disparities in areas including rates of bullying, substance use, self-harm, and other health indicators. Two factsheets and one brochure were created to share these findings with policy makers, educators, healthcare providers, public health professionals, and the public. PDFs of each material can be downloaded below and will be permanently available from the ODHP Products page: http://nisonger.osu.edu/odhp/products

Disability and Health Among Ohio High School Students in 2013 – Youth Data Brief (PDF)

Disability and Bullying in Ohio – Youth Data Brief/Brochure (PDF)

Substance Use: Youth with Disabilities in Ohio – Youth Data Brief (PDF)

Hard copies of these materials are also available. Please contact Rosalind.Gjessing@osumc.edu if you are interested in distributing these materials and would like hard copies. 

For more information about the YRBS, please visit the Ohio Department of Health's "Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey" webpage

NCBDDD Publishes MMWR on Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type in the United States

To close out a month of recognition for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) announced last week a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) report that describes the percentage of adults living with disabilities in each state and select functional disability types. Health officials and other stakeholders invested in the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities can use this information to better understand and address the needs of this population in the United States.

  • 1 in 5 adults, or over 53 million people in the United States, has a disability, with state-level estimates ranging from 16.4% in Minnesota to 31.5% in Alabama.
  • The most common functional disability type was mobility disability - defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs – reported by 1 in 8 adults.

Although any person can have a disability at any point in life, disability was more commonly reported by:

  • Black Non-Hispanic and Hispanic adults: 29.0% of black non-Hispanic adults and 25.9% of Hispanic adults compared to 20.6% of white non-Hispanic adults.
  • Women aged 18 years or older: 24.4% of women, compared to 19.8% of men
  • Older adults: Over a third of people 65 years or older reported a disability

Check out the “Disability Impacts ALL of US” Infographic for more information from this new report: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html

ADA Social Media Toolkit

The Administration for Community Living has created a social media toolkit to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The toolkit includes tweets using the hashtag #DgovADA25, Facebook posts, social media graphics, and blog posts.

If you would live to be involved in commemorating the ADA, share and re-tweet the items on the various modes of social media.

View the toolkit here

Veiw the blog here

New Smoking Cessation Resources for People with Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Health's Tobacco Program has created smoking cessation materials for 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)


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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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