Online Program

Disparities data: Improving the health of people with disabilities

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Sarah Yates, JD, Health and Disability Project, NACCHO, Washington, DC
An estimated 54 million Americans live with disabilities. The obstacles faced by this population are not only frustrating, but can be costly and life threatening. The challenges that arise when living with a disability impact daily livelihood, but can also increase the risk for secondary health conditions. People with disabilities are at risk for a wide range of negative health outcomes including: adults with disabilities are 58% more likely to be obese than their non-disabled peers; children and adolescents with disabilities are 38% more likely to be obese than children without disabilities; and, fifty percent of people with a complex disability report fair or poor health status, as opposed to only 3% of people with no disability. In 2011 and 2012, NACCHO's Health and Disability Project provided support to four local health departments (LHDs) to increase their knowledge of the health status of people with disabilities in their jurisdiction, and to implement interventions to improve health outcomes for this population. The four LHDs used different methods to assess health status of people with disabilities, and employed different intervention strategies. This presentation will review the health disparities faced by people with disabilities, show how diverse health departments used data to influence programmatic and policy changes to improve health outcomes for people with disabilities, and share significant outcomes and lessons learned. This presentation is intended to be beneficial for health departments and partner organizations interested in implementing programs and policies that will help reduce health disparities for people with disabilities.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe successful and innovative data gathering strategies. Identify opportunities to improve programs and policies that will help reduce health disparities for people with disabilities. Discuss significant outcomes and lessons learned.

Keyword(s): Disability, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Sarah Yates, Program Analyst for Health and Disability at NACCHO, is responsible for the administration of training and technical assistance programs, funding to health departments, and resource dissemination. Her work includes research, policy analysis, and writing reports, and fact sheets related to the health of people with disabilities. Prior to her time at NACCHO, Sarah worked on training, technical assistance, and professional development programs for The Arc. Sarah received her JD from Georgetown in 2008.
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.