NACCHO Releases New Health and Disability Resources

NACCHO’s Health and Disability program recently released five new resources for local health departments designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in all public health programs, products, and services.

New fact sheets include:

Additionally, NACCHO interviewed staff from two local health departments to find out how they are being inclusive of people with disabilities. Findings from these interviews are included in the following success stories:

People with disabilities are disproportionately affected by obstacles to their health when compared to the general population. Among other health status inequities, they are more likely to be obese, and smoke, and less likely to be included in emergency preparedness planning. NACCHO works to reverse such oversight by advocating for the inclusion and engagement of people with disabilities in the planning, implementing, and evaluating of public health programs. Through its Health and Disability Program, NACCHO supports local health departments (LHDs) in this effort with numerous strategies, recommendations, tools, and resources.

NACCHO’s Health and Disability program is a vehicle to educate local health departments about health and disability activities and resources, maintain a peer assistance network, and to develop and share model practices related to health promotion activities for people with disabilities.

About Katie Regan

Katie Regan serves as the Communications Specialist for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices through NACCHO's various storytelling and communications channels. Twitter: @katiejregan

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