Health & Genetics

In an effort to improve COVID-19 vaccine access for older adults and people with disabilities in New Hampshire, the NH Developmental Disabilities (DD) partner organizations explored barriers to vaccine access and concerns about COVID-19 booster shots. Read our summary of findings below. Read the full report   Learn More
Building Treatment and Recovery Services for NH's Youth and Young Adults Creating Connections NH is a system of care for youth and young adults (ages 12-25) with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Co-occurring mental health disorders and SUD (COD). Creating Connections NH is implemented by the NH Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health within the NH Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Institute o... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2016 With a population that is aging faster than the national average, New Hampshire is facing an increasing demand for healthcare and support services and a heavier reliance on home and community based services for long term care. It is projected that the need for community based direct care workers will increase in the near future and that the demand will rapidly outpa... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN AUGUST 2018 While most people in the U.S. have adequate access to food, some persons experience food insecurity, lacking the money and resources to acquire the food necessary for active, healthy living. Little is known about how food security might influence economic and health outcomes for persons with disabilities. Led by Dr. Debra Brucker, The Disability and Food Insecurity project focuses o... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2015 University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Obesity Research Project on Prevalence Adaptations and Knowledge Translations in Younger Adults with Disabilities from Diverse Race/Ethnic Backgrounds The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project II uses a systematic approach to develop, identify, and adapt strategies and practices supporting participation of youth/young adults wit... Learn More
Staying Safe at Work Training The Staying Safe at Work training is a curriculum for teaching workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities about health and safety on the job. View upcoming trainings For assistance implementing the Staying Safe at Work Curriculum: Contact Us Download PDF of Flyer The IOD's Employment Safety Training program provides attendees with critical job-safety tools for t... Learn More
Understanding the Factors Associated with the Health Disparities Experienced by People with Intellectual Disabilities There is a growing body of evidence that—when compared to people without intellectual disabilities—people with intellectual disabilities more frequently experience poor health and unmet healthcare needs. However, there is limited scientific understanding about the causes of these disparities. As a result, a ... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN 2015. A growing body of research has documented that persons with disabilities are more likely to experience health disparities compared to the general population. The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project: Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities project will extend this research by determining what factors relate to or explain health outcomes and health ... Learn More
Through Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Evaluation project, staff will be evaluating New Hampshire’s fidelity to the implementation of the Healthy Families America home-visiting model as well as the effect of the model on family outcomes. Staff members will be developing an evaluation plan using the implementation science framework, and will then deliver a final report, poster-session materials, an... Learn More
The National Center for START Services is an initiative that works to strengthen efficiencies and service outcomes for people with IDD and mental health needs in the community. The National Center was established at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability/UCED in 2009 to provide technical assistance, clinical expertise, training, and consultation services that support the development of: Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN MAY 2016 Validating Screening Protocols and Enhancing Public Health Infrastructure There are several challenges associated with the implementation of Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Newborn Screening (NBS). These challenges include: inability of public health agencies to collect real-time screening data, as CCHD NBS is conducted in hospitals and birthing centers; financi... Learn More
The New England Regional Genetics Network (NERGN) advances the health and well-being of individuals with genetic conditions by connecting them with genetic services, educating professionals to improve systems of genetic care, and supporting families in New England. NERGN's vision is that "all individuals with genetic conditions in New England have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential." Please vi... Learn More
THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER 2018 Over the past several years, there has been an increasing recognition of the limitations of NH's system of services for mental health care. The Ten Year plan highlighted many of these challenges and identified a range of resources that would be helpful towards improving the capacity and effectiveness of the mental health system. As the state has struggled financially and politica... Learn More
A skilled and supported workforce is critical to the delivery of high-quality services to our children, youth, and families. Intentional and targeted workforce development activities ensure that we prepare providers across all levels of the workforce, including peer supporters, paraprofessionals, credentialed staff, bachelors-level, masters-level, doctoral-level, licensed professionals, and more. The NH Childre... Learn More
The New Hampshire Disability and Health Program (DHP) improves the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce unmet health needs, increase access to preventive health care, and facilitate the adoption of healthy behaviors. Learn More
Work-related injuries and illnesses are preventable, and control of occupational hazards is the most effective means of prevention. Research has shown that relationships exist between the demographic characteristics of workers and the risk of occupational illness or injury. Understanding the basic characteristics of the New Hampshire workforce is vital to assessing possible occupational health risks for New Ham... Learn More
Seacoast Child Development Clinic closed in July 2017 and no longer provides evaluations and services to New Hampshire’s children and families. If you are in need of services, please contact your child’s primary care physician for a referral to an appropriate provider. Additionally, you may view the NH-ME LEND's resources on Child Development. Learn More
This project will identify mid-life predictors of living in a food insecure household at age 60 and older, explore whether living in a food insecure household in mid-life is associated with reduced odds of well-being or healthy aging among persons age 60 and older, and, examine changes in the odds of living in a food insecure household among adults as they transition onto Social Security retirement benefits. Dr. Brucker and... Learn More
This project was completed in September 2015 The determination of usual source of care providers by patients Previous research has shown that having a 'usual' source of care, and especially a usual provider, is associated with better health and health care outcomes. Noting the positive association between having a 'usual' provider and health, Healthy People 2020 made linking people with 'usual' providers a federal priority... Learn More