180583 Removing program borders: Illinois' approach to develop collaborations among chronic disease programs to reach persons with disabilities

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Kiyoshi Yamaki, PhD , Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
This presentation features Illinois' approach in collaborating with existing public health projects with a goal of promoting health and preventing secondary conditions among persons with disabilities. The population with disability includes a wide range of individuals with different demography, etiology, functional ability, and lifestyle. When conducting health promotion activities for this population, it is necessary to garner the support of many different groups with an interest or expertise in specific chronic diseases or specific lifestyle behaviors. Many disease prevention and/or health promotion programs share common goals and reach out to similar target audiences. Yet they create “borders” around their programs and do not attempt to join forces with their counterparts who are planning similar activities or have common goals. By breaking down the borders and joining together, often the results can be exponential. Funded by CDC's Disability and Health program, the Illinois Disability and Health Program (IDHP) is one of the sixteen state programs working toward better health of persons with disabilities. Housed in the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Program has been developing collaborations with many programs including Tobacco, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Arthritis, Comprehensive Cancer, Asthma, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Men's Health, Women's Health, Oral Health, Vision and Hearing, Minority Health. This presentation will give examples of how the IDHP created “win-win” situations to facilitate collaborations with tobacco, arthritis, and nutrition programs to reduce secondary chronic conditions among people with disabilities.

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify at least three chronic disease programs within a state health department that have potential for partnering to expand health promotion among persons with disabilities. 2.Describe at least two health promotion activities being implemented to reduce secondary chronic conditions among persons with disabilities in collaboration with existing public health programs. 3.Articulate at least two examples of how creating “win-win” situations with partners can facilitate collaboration and increase the reach to the target population.

Keywords: Chronic Diseases, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As one of two key staff members of the project, I have been assisting the IL Department of Public Health in developing a state-wide network of public health and disability professionals who works toward better health of persons with disabilities for last three years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.