Virginia Health Promotion for People with Disabilities at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University

Promoting healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities

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Health Promotion

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According to Health Status of Virginians with Disabilities 2007-2009: An Analysis of BRFSS Data, people with disabilities have higher rates of chronic disease and secondary health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Access to preventative screenings and routine health services may be limited due to lack of health and dental insurance, transportation needs, health care accessibility, and lack of communication accommodations.

Health promotion strategies and activities are integral to reducing preventable health conditions as well as reducing disparities between people with disabilities and the general population.

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Issues that should be considered when addressing health promotion and outreach include: access to health care, assistive technology, communication accommodations, community partnerships, education, emergency preparedness, equipment, health insurance, housing, nutrition, physical activity, transportation, and specific men’s and women’s health concerns.

Health promotion outreach can include public and professional education, advocacy efforts, prevention strategies, and activities to increase public awareness of secondary health conditions and chronic disease. This can be accomplished through newsletters for consumers and professionals; workshops and conferences that aid in the dissemination of new and emerging information about health promotion; outreach to health sites to enhance physical and customer service accessibility; and community events and wellness initiatives for people with disabilities.

More information can be found on the Accessibility, Disability Publications and Links pages.