The Disability and Health Program (DHP) uses the seven goals that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created to plan its activities and measure their success. The seven goals are:
People with disabilities need health care and health programs for the same reasons anyone else does—to stay well, active, and a part of the community. To be healthy, people with disabilities require health care that meets their needs as a whole person, not just as a person with a disability. Most people with or without disabilities can stay healthy by learning about and living healthy lifestyles. Disability and Health: A Guide for Floridians is a tool to assist persons with disabilities to get the best health care possible.
The CDC has information on their website about disability and health at www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/index.html, and the University of Florida Office on Disability and Health has resources more specific to Florida residents.
The DHP has created a Disability Community Planning Group (DCPG) made up of Floridians who are persons with disabilities, parents and caregivers of persons with disabilities, and professionals who work with or provide services to persons with disabilities. The DCPG members participate in conference calls with the DHP to talk about health care and health related issues and needs that Floridians with disabilities may have. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the DCPG can call 850-245-4444, extension *2961 for more information.
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