What’s New:

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

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:

August 21, 2018

Competencies Promise to Reduce Health Care Disparities for Millions of Americans with Disabilities

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Consensus was reached on the Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education through a partnership with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center at Wexner Medical Center and the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education. The Competencies are designed to improve training across a diverse field of medical providers and improve the care received by people with disabilities throughout the health care system.

Although access to care is improving in the United States, the growing population of patients with disabilities still face barriers to care at multiple levels in the health care system. Most students in health professional programs report no clinical training and report discomfort with patients with disabilities. Lack of training and bias contribute to heath care inequities for patients with disabilities and complex care needs.

“These competencies will provide a framework for educators to help them better prepare future doctors, nurses and other health professionals to provide quality care to people with disabilities,” said Dr. Linda Long-Bellil, President of the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education.

Over 150 people with disabilities, disability advocates and professionals, and health educators from diverse disciplines developed educational standards of quality care for people with disabilities. The standards, Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education, are the first interprofessional competencies to address health care needs of patients across a broad range of disability.

“Health care providers are committed to providing quality care to their patients, but are often unprepared to address the needs of patients with disabilities,” said Dr. Susan M. Havercamp, Director of the Ohio Disability and Health Program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, who led the competency effort. “Creating educational standards on disability is important because it will give students the opportunity to learn about disability as part of their professional training program.”

The Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education is gaining support among local and national disability and health professional organizations with endorsements from American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, American Association on Health and Disability, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, ARC of Greater Cleveland, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Autism Speaks, Coalition for Disability Health Equity, Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association, Goodwill Columbus, NADD, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities, New York Association on Independent Living, and UAB Lakeshore Research Collaborative.

For more information, please visit http://go.osu.edu/disabilitycompetencies

For a downloadable copy of this announcement, please visit http://go.osu.edu/ccdannouncement

Consensus Reached on Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education

The Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education (the Alliance) and the Ohio Disability and Health Program have partnered to improve the disability training that health care students receive. We asked for the help of medical professionals, educators, and people who live and/or work with disability to help us refine a draft set of disability competencies using the Delphi Method.  As of April 2018, the Competency Development Committee reached consensus on a final draft of the Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education and are currently seeking endorsements of these standards from health care provider organizations and educational accreditation boards.

Visit the Core Competencies website for more information. go.osu.edu/disability competencies

Disability Does Not Equal Inability

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has developed an excellent video detailing the story of Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, MD, MS, a Michigan Medicine faculty member that in residency, sustained a spinal cord injury and subsequent paralysis. Okanlami explains his catchphrase “disabusing disability” and talks about how paralysis changed his perspective on disability, medical education, physicians, and patients.

Check out the link here.

Fact sheet on Smoking Among Ohioans with Disabilities

ODHP has developed a fact sheet to raise awareness regarding smoking disparities faced by Ohioans with disabilities. Click here to access a printable copy.

National Academies Paper Focuses on Compounded Disparities

ODHP PI Dr. Susan Havercamp, joined a recent Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities at the National Academy of Sciences to explore the issues at the intersection of health equity, health disparities, health literacy, and people living with disabilities. She is co-author on a commissioned paper on the topic, Compounded Disparities: Health Equity at the Intersection of Disability, Race, and Ethnicity.

Read the paper here.

Marion County Nutrition and Physical Activity Projects Featured by CDC

ODHP Marion County Public Health partners in the Creating Healthy Communities Program were featured on the CDC website! Check it out here.