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Disability & Health Program. Funded by the CDC Joint offices at: Arkansas Department of Health – Lifestage Branch (501) 280-4194 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (501) 682-9900. Disability and Health Program.

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Disability & Health Program

  • Funded by the CDC

  • Joint offices at:

    • Arkansas Department of Health – Lifestage Branch (501) 280-4194

    • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (501) 682-9900


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Disability and Health Program

  • Improve accessibility of public health programs and services for people with disabilities.

  • Increase the integration of people with disabilities into existing health promotion and prevention programs.


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Disability in Arkansas

  • Why do we need to think about this?

  • What is the scope of the issue?

  • How can the Disability and Health Program help the Hometown Health Initiatives to address the issues?


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Disability in Arkansas

  • Why do we need to think about this?

    • Prevalence of disability

    • Disparities in health

    • Accessibility of programs and services

    • Access to quality health care

    • Responsibility of public health


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Disability in Arkansas

  • What is the scope of the issue?

    • Prevalence in Arkansas: 22% of adults

    • This does not account for people with developmental disabilities

    • Rates are actually higher than 22%


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Northeast Region

Northwest Region

Central Region

Southeast Region

Southwest Region

25.08%

21.74%

21.99%

25.58%

23.51%

Disability in Arkansas Prevalence by Region


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Risk Factors for Chronic Disease

  • Overweight/Obesity

  • Physical Inactivity

  • Tobacco Use

  • High Cholesterol

  • High Blood Pressure







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Disability in Arkansas

  • Chronic disease rates are much higher among people with disabilties

    • Diabetes

    • Asthma

    • Angina

    • Heart Attack

    • Stroke



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Including People with Disabilities in Hometown Health Initiatives

  • Address access issues

  • Make accommodations in public health activities

  • Recruit/outreach people with disabilities


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Contact Information Initiatives

  • Vanessa Nehus, Principal Investigator

    • Arkansas Disability and Health Program

    • at Partners for Inclusive Communities/UAMS

      2001 Pershing Circle, Suite 300

      NLR, AR 72114

      (501)682-9900

      NehusVanessaR@uams.edu or Vanessa.Nehus@arkansas.gov

      Arkansas Disability and Health Program website: www.uams.edu/ar_disability