Disability and Health Program
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been awarded a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Iowa is one of 18 states selected to receive the Improving the Health of People with Disabilities Through State-Based Public Health Programs grant. The purpose of the grant is to promote and maximize health, prevent chronic disease, improve emergency preparedness and increase the quality of life among Iowans with disabilities.
Grant funding from the CDC will support the following activities:
- Disability and health surveillance and strategic planning.
- Increasing health-promotion opportunities for people with disabilities to maximize health.
- Identifying policy changes to improve access to public health and preventive health programs for people with disabilities.
- Educating health care providers about communicating with people with disabilities and improving their access to care.
- Providing training and technical assistance to improve emergency planning for people with disabilities by county emergency managers and health departments.
- Providing individual emergency preparedness planning for people with disabilities and their caregivers.
For more information:
- Lonnie Cleland, MSW, Program Coordinator
- Karin Ford, MSPS, IACEM