242475 Fostering and Sustaining a Community-Academic Partnership to Promote Health Enhancing Physical Activity in Young Adults with an Intellectual Disability

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:15 AM

Anthony Delisle, MS, PhD Candidate , Department of Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Christine Stopka, PhD , Department of Health Education & Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Mona Sayedul-huq , Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Ann Goodman , Physical Education, Sidney Lanier School, Gainesville, FL
Krishna Dipnarine, BS , Department of Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Ryan Barwick, MS , Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville
Introduction: Persons diagnosed with an intellectual disability (ID) are less likely to engage in physical activity (PA) and more prone to obesity and developing chronic diseases related to physical inactivity than persons without ID. Purpose: This study describes the methods used to engage young adults with and without an ID in the community participatory processes of planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining a peer-driven intervention to promote health-enhancing PA in young adults with ID. Methods: Persons with an ID, their families, school administrators, and educators recognized a need for increased PA and approached researchers for assistance. Community-academic partners worked to shape, deliver, and evaluate a PA intervention relevant to the needs and culture of the community. The ecological approach to health promotion, guided via the PRECEDE-PROCEED model, facilitated the participatory process. Key elements included: community-driven participation; comprehensive evaluations; development and delivery of theory-based PA interventions; training peer mentors; improved access to facilities; and continued health advocacy with policy makers to support sustainable community-academic collaboration. Results: County school administrators, an inclusive school for persons with ID, educators, caregivers, three university academic departments, and numerous graduate and undergraduate university students formed a CAP in 1987 that continues to date in 2011. This CAP has implemented 46 pre- and post-tested PA interventions during this time, and has produced significant improvements in health outcomes for each program delivered. Conclusion: Community Academic Partnerships are an effective and economical approach for sustainable health programming to increase PA and improve health outcomes in young adults with an ID.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1)Participants of this presentation will define the methods used to foster a Community Academic Partnership between young adults with an intellectual disability and university researchers. 2)Participants of this presentation will describe how the PRECEDE-PROCEED model is used to guide the participatory process of developing and delivering physical activity-based interventions to young adults with an intellectual disability. 3)Participants of the presentation will be able to explain the key elements for sustaining a Community Academic Partnership to increase physical activity in young adults with an intellectual disability.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Disability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have developed community-academic partnerships with a variety of populations. With the one I am presenting, I formed a CAP which develops, delivers, and evaluates scientifically sound, theoretically-driven health promotion programs to populations with intellectual disabilities.
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.