What’s New:

Unmet Needs of the Disability Community During the Pandemic

The “Breaking Silences” advocacy committee, Access Center for Independent Living, and The Ability Center of Greater Toledo have combined efforts to survey Ohioans with disabilities and their family members/direct support professionals about their experiences and unmet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Major themes found in the results included the following: 1) Disruption in daily activities and life situations; 2) Issues in finding or securing qualified caregivers; 3) Concerns, fears, and behavioral health issues during COVID-19; 4) Barriers and issues in meeting healthcare needs; 5) Issues in how the healthcare system interfaces with people with disabilities; and 6) Perceptions of the health department’s response. Over 60% of respondents with disabilities reported fearing for their lives during the pandemic. Breaking Silences is currently sharing this report with various state agencies and are advocating for more home and community based services.

(ODHP provided technical assistance in analysis of the data but does not own or conduct advocacy work based on this data.)

Read the report here

New publication: What should we teach about disability?

ODHP has a new publication, “What should we teach about disability? National consensus on
disability competencies for health care education.” This paper details the process of the creation of the Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education.

Read the publication in the Disability and Health Journal here

ODHP Releases Plain Language Flu Shot Flyer

Common questions and answers as to why you should get your flu shot this year!


Ohio’s COVID-19 Populations Needs Assessment

The OSU College of Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health, and various experts and stakeholders collaborated to produce the Ohio’s COVID-19 Populations Needs Assessment report. 363 Ohioans, representing elevated risk communities, were surveyed about the barriers and experiences of their communities during the pandemic, and suggested potential solutions. These communities included Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Asian/Asian American, Immigrant & Refugee, Rural, and People with Disabilities. Two ODHP members helped analyze and interpret the data. View summaries as well as the full report here.

Updates on ODHP Publications

Check out new publications outlining recent work to improve disability training for medical students and identify learning standards on disability for health professional training programs:

Crane, J. M., Strickler, J. G., Lash, A. T., Macerollo, A., Prokup, J. A., Rich, K. A., Robinson, A. C., Whalen Smith, C. N., & Havercamp, S. M. (2020). Getting comfortable with disability: The short- and long-term effects of a clinical encounter. Disability and Health Journal, 100993. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2020.100993

Havercamp, S. M., Barnhart, W. R., Robinson, A. C., & Whalen Smith, C. N. (2020). What should we teach about disability?: National consensus on disability competencies for health care education. Disability and Health Journal, 100989. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2020.100989

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