Healthy Communities: An Assessment and Implementation Framework to Achieve Inclusion of Persons with Disability

Originally presented on March 16, 2017

Yochai Eisenberg, MUPP
Senior Research Specialist, Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities, Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
Affiliate, National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, Birmingham, Alabama

Persons with disability experience higher rates of chronic disease and less participation in healthy behaviors that help prevent or manage such conditions. Healthy community initiatives that focus on improvements to the built, programmatic and social environments to support healthy lifestyles, often do not integrate inclusion principals that enable persons with disability to reap the same benefits as other community members.  The Chronic Disease Action Plan of the New York State’s health improvement plan, The Prevention Agenda, identifies persons with disability as a population of focus, with specific objectives to reduce obesity from 34.9% to 31.4% and increase participation in physical activity from 49.9% to 54.9% by 2018.

In this webcast, Yochai Eisenberg, MUPP, from the Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will describe the importance of recognizing persons with disability as a demographic group that experiences health disparities and introduce an assessment and implementation framework to drive public health action. The Community Health Inclusion Index (CHII) is the first instrument to operationalize community health inclusion into a comprehensive assessment tool that can be used by public health professionals and community coalitions to examine the critical supports needed to improve healthy, active living among persons with disability. Mr. Eisenberg will highlight lessons learned from demonstration projects that have utilized the CHII and best practices for successful implementation.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Recognize persons with disability as a demographic group that experience health disparities;

  • Identify two ways a community health assessment tool can guide the development of community health improvement plans that integrate inclusive policy, systems and environmental strategies; and

  • Describe two ways environmental factors have a unique impact on community participation and access to healthy lifestyle opportunities for persons with disability.

Target Audience:
Providers of public health services across NYS, health care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and health educators

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits:
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

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The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until March 31, 2020.

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