Promoting inclusive community health initiatives

About one out of five people in the United States lives with some type of disability, including physical, vision, mental health, cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and other health conditions that cause limitations in one or more major life activities. In 2014, Montanans with disabilities self-rated their overall health as fair/poor (41%), indicating a substantially lower quality of health compared to persons without disabilities (7%).

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Disability Advisors: Involving People with Disabilities in Public Health Decision-Making

People with disabilities are a recognized health disparity population in the U.S. They are more likely to experience poor or fair health, multiple chronic health conditions, and environmental barriers as compared to people without disabilities. A key strategy of the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity is to: “build capacity at all levels of decision making to promote community solutions for ending health disparities” (p. 108, available at: lvl=1&lvlid=33&ID=286). Within the disability community, this principle is ...

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Archived Webinar: Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies

Tuesday October 17, 2017, 12:00 to 1:00 P.M.

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Please join us for a brown bag colloquium with Dr. Adriane Griffen from the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) to learn how public health can improve the health, employment and participation of Montanans with disabilities.
Did you know? One in five Montana adults live with a disability; however, most public health training programs do not include curricula addressing the health of people with disabilities ...

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The American Association on Health and Disability (lead partner for the NDNRC) is happy to announce that we are joining a new project which is being launched by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project, called the Consumer Assistance Coordination Hub (CACH), will support individuals and groups that provide enrollment assistance. To read more about this project, check out our news item.

CBPP continues to host its Health Reform: Beyond the Basics webinar ...

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Roadmap to Behavioral Health!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) in partnership with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released The Roadmap to Behavioral Health.

This guide offers important information about mental health and substance use disorder services, finding a behavioral health provider, defining behavioral health terms, receiving services, and following up on care.

The resource walks through the 8 Steps of the Roadmap to offer information specific to behavioral health, and offers a glossary and links ...

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AUCD 2017 Registration is Open!

The power of our collective voices working together to sustain vital supports and services for people with disabilities and their families cannot be denied. Whether you’re a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.

Deadline: October 20th

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Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit Website Updates

The Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit is one way AUCD provides resources and strategies to, “champion and model diversity, equity and inclusion.” AUCD is continually searching for resources to make available at the Diversity & Inclusion website. In July and August, 17 resources have been added. The focus of these resources includes child health; self-advocacy; cultural competence; language access; research tools and more. July and August updates are located at the Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit homepage In addition, please take ...

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New Health & Disability E-learning Module for Health Department Staff

NACCHO’s Health and Disability Program is proud to announce a new online e-learning module titled, “Health and Disability 101: Training for Health Department Employees.” The purpose of this training is to educate health department staff about the benefits of including people with disabilities in all public health programs, products and services. To access this free training, click here.


This course can be accessed through NACCHO University, NACCHO’s learning management platform. In order to view the course, you will need to create a ...

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Now Recruiting 2017-2018 Cohort: NACCHO Health & Disability Fellowship Program

NACCHO is recruiting applicants for the next cohort of its Health and Disability Fellowship Program. This year-long fellowship, beginning in September, is workforce development opportunity for graduate level students interested getting hands on experience in the public health disability field. Apply today »

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Broaden your knowledge, help more people!


Inclusive Fitness Training Workshop, Missoula, MT (POSTPONED)
What is inclusive Fitness?

Fitness professionals must understand how to ensure people who may have a physical, sensory or
cognitive disability feel welcome and receive appropriate and individualized guidance in order to meet their physical activity and fitness goals, whether in a health club, outdoor and/ or home-based setting.

What will I learn?

In addition to general knowledge of exercise physiology, exercise testing and programming,
you will also gain knowledge of:
• Inclusive facility design
• ...

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