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Disability and Health Program

Contact the Disability and Health Program

The Disability and Health Program (DHP) is funded by a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The goals of the program are to include Floridians of all ages with disabilities in all the Department of Health’s programs and activities for health promotion, disease prevention, wellness, and disaster preparedness.  The DHP also works with individuals with disabilities, their families, their health care providers, other state agencies, and interested stakeholders to meet its goals.

Goals of the Disability and Health Program

Starting in 2016, the DHP continued its partnership with the University of Florida and transitioned into a more programmatic approach. As a result and the renewal of the CDC funding, the DHP created five new goals for this year. The goals are:

  1. Improve access to physical activity, healthy food, and nutrition for students with disabilities in Exceptional Student Education schools
  2. Reduce the prevalence of diabetes among persons with mobility limitations through adapting current Diabetes Prevention Program curricula and implementing statewide
  3. Improve access to Diabetes Self-Management Education programs for persons with disabilities and their caregivers
  4. Increase the availability, accessibility, and use of health promotion resources, tools and inclusion strategies among persons with disabilities
  5. Improve access to care and treatment of persons with disabilities by providing training and technical assistance in cultural competency and health equity to healthcare professionals and providers

Resources

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.

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 receiving the best health care possible. A Spanish version of the guide is also available.

Fact Sheet: Physical Activity & Fitness and Healthy Eating & Healthy Weight Tips (Spanish Version)

  • Physical Activity& Fitness:  These tips provide recommendations for how much physical activity are needed by different age groups and suggestions for ways to keep fit and physically active.  Links to helpful websites are included.
  • Healthy Eating & Healthy Weight:  These tips provide information about making healthy food choices, the different food groups, examples of healthy meal portions and easy ways to remember how to choose the right amount of food.  Links to helpful websites are included.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Disability and Health

University of Florida Office on Disability and Health

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