NH Adults with IDD Need Accessible Diabetes Education and Care

June 27, 2019

Disability in Brief

Only 1 in 5 adults with intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and diabetes gets all recommended diabetes care, which includes regular visits to a health care provider to check on blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney function, and retinal eye exams. The NH Disability & Public Health (DPH) project has published a new Disability in Focus data brief to share strategies to improve the health of people with IDD and diabetes.

“It is important to make sure that accessibility is considered when implementing diabetes self-management programs,” explains Kimberly Phillips, DPH Principal Investigator and co-author of the data brief. “When people with IDD are actively recruited to attend trainings and develop person-centered plans to stay healthy, everyone benefits.”  

You can access the brief and learn more about issues affecting the health and wellness of people with disabilities at www.nhdisabilityhealth.org.

The NH Disability & Public Health Project (DPH), funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement number DD000007, is a collaboration between the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire and the NH Division of Public Health Services (DPHS). The project goal is to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by developing and strengthening the capacity of the state’s public health programs and initiatives to be accessible to and include people with intellectual disabilities and mobility limitations. The contents of this report are the responsibility of DPH staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. Its mission is to promote full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons by strengthening communities and advancing policy and systems change, promising practices, education, and research.