Online Program

Evaluating the inclusion of people with disabilities in chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Meg Traci, PhD, 1) Rural Institute and 2) School of Community and Public Health Sciences, University of Montana Rural Institute, Missoula, MT
Heather Zimmerman, MPH, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Helena, MT
Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD, Dallas Regional Campus, University of Texas School of Public Health, Dallas, TX
William Shrophsire, Dallas Regional Campus, UT School of Public Health, Dallas, TX
<>The Montana Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CCDPHP) efforts seek to “ensure conditions of health are accessible to all.” This paper summarizes: 1) enrollment data for participants with and without disabilities in statewide health promotion programs—the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), Breast and Cervical Health Program (BCHP), and Quit Line; 2) activities conducted to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities in CCDPHP programs; and 3) future directions for program inclusion and improvement. In 2012, Montana CCDPHP programs began to add the U.S. HHS standard items on disability status to enrollment forms to better evaluate programs on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Recent annual reports showed that there were 1,234 adults enrolled in the Montana DPP (29% had at least one type of disability (hearing, vision, ambulatory or cognitive); 4,520 adults enrolled in the Montana BCHP and 3,554 adults enrolled in the Montana Quit Line (0.8%-6.1% and 6.5% to 22.3% of respective program participants reported hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, self care, or independent living disability). We will further describe these evaluations with other participant demographics and outcome data and as proportions of the program target populations living with disability. Inclusion improvement activities (e.g., advocates representing relevant data, practice, and policy in strategic planning; improvements in information accessibility and inclusiveness; and targeted training of health educators) will be reviewed within the Guidelines, Recommendations, Adaptations Including Disability (GRAIDS) framework proposed by Rimmer and colleagues. Future inclusion initiatives for the Montana CCDPHP will be outlined within the GRAIDS framework.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Discuss three health promotion programs’ importance to the health of populations with disability; Describe the community reach of the programs to people with and without disabilities; Compare program outcomes between participants with and without disabilities.

Keyword(s): Disabilities, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Traci is a developmental psychologist and research associate professor with expertise in both early childhood and human life-span development and over twenty years work experience at The University of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Services. Dr. Traci has served as project director on consecutive CDC-funded research projects and state programs since 2000 to further the health of populations with disability.
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.