265305 HealthMatters Community Academic Partnership for People with Developmental Disabilities

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Beth Marks, RN, PhD , Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH , Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Leslie Hoelzel, MA , ARCA, Albuquerque, NM
Dina Donohue-Chase, BS , Vocational Services, NorthPointe Resources, Zion, IL
HealthMatters Community-Academic Partnership (HealthMatters CAP) is a collaboration between two community-based organizations (NorthPointe Resources in Illinois and ARCA in New Mexico) and an academic institution (University of Illinois at Chicago) supporting people with developmental disabilities (DD). Through HealthMatters CAP, we are introducing a new approach for community-based organizations and academic institutions to work together and find practical solutions that people with DD can use to maintain healthy lifestyles. This presentation will discuss innovative practices being developed to mobilize organizations serving people with DD and improve support for people with DD. The HealthMatters CAP Team will review the processes they've used to forge collaborations between community-based organizations and academic institutions. Their innovative work aims to create bi-directional infrastructures that promote culturally relevant research, service learning activities, and sustainable evidence-based trainings to translate results into measurable outcomes for people with DD. By incorporating shared experiences with their new HealthMatters CAP for people with DD, the HealthMatters CAP Team will present strategies related to organizational awareness and readiness among key stakeholders used to do the following: 1) mobilize community academic partnerships, 2) build organizational capacity, and 3) improve community integration among people with DD. We will discuss emerging questions, such as, "Where & how are research questions be generated? How are we maximizing service-learning for our programs and services? How are we initiating training relationships with community-based organizations and academic institutions/health centers?"

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Understand Community Academic Partnerships (CAP), its importance to each partner, and the benefit of health outcomes for people with developmental disabilities. Identify how health promotion research, service learning, and training can strengthen and improve health promotion and disease prevention services. Create personalized strategies to advance health promotion services for people with developmental disabilities and others.

Keywords: Disability, Community Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working on community academic partnerships for the past ten 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.