Online Program

Healthy Hearts: A Pilot Program for Individuals with Mild and Moderate Developmental Disabilities

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Katie Tomarelli, MSN, RN, APHN-BC, Nursing, Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, NM
Susan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC, Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL
This poster is a description of the development of a population health program.  The program described is a healthy living pilot program for individuals with mild and moderate disabilities.  The utilization of a collaborative nursing approach enabled the identification of the problem of overweight and obesity in residents of mild and moderate developmental disability at Misericordia, a developmental disability community on the northside of Chicago.

Individuals with such disabilities have the same health needs as those without developmental disabilities, and they also may experience a narrower margin of health, because of poverty, social exclusion, and secondary conditions (World Health Organization [WHO], 2013.  Misericordia was selected as a population for this case study due to the critical need for equality in health care services for people with developmental disabilities, particularly in primary care, health promotion, and disease prevention (Marks, Sisirak, & Heller, 2010). 

The conceptual and planning frameworks used, Community as Partner (CaP), Stage Theory of Organizational Change, and The Logic Model provided guidance and purpose for the development of the population health program and drove the formation of the healthy living pilot program, Healthy Hearts.  The Misericordia community partnered with the author in the population health program’s creation, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination.  The outcomes, recommendations and lessons learned from Healthy Hearts will move Misericordia forward in institutional change to promote healthy living among the residents.  The application of a collaborative nursing approach to a DD population brings enormous capability to promote population health for all professionals and communities.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the relationship of our nation’s health and the health of the DD community. Describe the importance of partnering with a community, especially a DD community, in creating a health promotion initiative.

Keyword(s): Disabilities, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a recent graduate of a Public Health Nursing degree at Rush University. I was a 2011-2012 Schweitzer Fellow implementing a nurse's station for Chicago's homeless, participant in the 56th Commission of Status of Women at the UN through the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom's student practicum, and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps alumni. Currently, a new faculty member at Northern New Mexico College, a predominately Hispanic and Native American serving institution.
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.