New document outlining ethical principles and fairness in medical treatment
Ohio Disability and Health Program contributed to guidance for Ohio hospitals to develop policies to ensure that patients with disabilities have the same access to life-saving medical treatment as patients without disabilities, in compliance with legal and ethical guidelines.
Ohio Hospital Ethics Committees document
Coronavirus outbreak: “COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities”
Check out this plain language informational guide about the novel coronavirus, and steps you can take to protect yourself and others, created by the Green Mountain Self-Advocates.
Plain Language Information on Coronavirus
New ODHP Publication about the Health of Caregivers
ODHP examined the health of the caregivers of those with developmental disabilities (DD) and caregivers of those with mental illnesses (MI). Overall, caregivers have worse health, and more poor physical and mental health days than non-caregivers. However, there were significant differences between the two groups: DD caregivers reported providing more intense care of a longer duration than MI caregiver. Despite this, however, MI caregivers had worse health statuses, and more poor physical and mental health days than DD caregivers. MI caregivers’ health was also more sensitive to the length and duration of care.
Read the article here
State Health Assessment Tool
The Ohio Department of Health has released an interactive online tool to view state-wide and county-specific data on demographic trends, public health, healthcare spending, and more.
Check it out here
ODHP Releases New Tobacco Fact Sheet
Ohio Disability and Health Program is pleased to announce the release of a smoking cessation fact sheet that was designed to meet the needs of a diverse population. The fact sheet uses principles of Universal Design and incorporates feedback from disability self-advocates, tobacco control stakeholders, and public health researchers and professionals. Please use the following link to access the PDF document. Both the link and PDF can be used immediately, and shared widely among tobacco control partners.
Link to fact sheet [PDF] here
Inclusive Cooking Matters Study Published
Ohio Disability and Health has published of a pilot study on Cooking Matters for adults with developmental disabilities (DD) and their direct support professionals (DSPs)! We are so grateful for our partner, Local Matters, whose generous collaboration made this project possible.
Cooking Matters is a cooking-based nutrition education intervention, developed by Share Our Strength, for people with low health literacy. It was identified that both adults with DD and DSPs showed positive trends in healthy food preparation, eating a balanced diet, and reduction in cooking barriers at post-test and 6-months after the intervention. Qualitative data revealed that both participant groups reported that they learned about healthy food and beverage choices and various cooking skills. Both participant groups reported confidence in skills learned and were satisfied with the intervention and approach of including adults with DD and DSPs in the intervention together.
Read the paper here
New article on the effectiveness of the LIFT program
Ohio Disability and Health Program has published on the effectiveness of Living Independent From Tobacco, a tobacco cessation intervention designed for people with disabilities. Six months after the intervention, both people with disabilities and their caregivers reduced smoking by 50%, and each group showed increased use of coping skills and self-efficacy to manage nicotine withdrawal.
Visit the SAGE website to read more: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1179173X18825075
Official Announcement of Core Competencies: