2021 New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Report

Better Preventive Health Needed for Adults with IDD

Compared to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) nationally, adults with IDD in New Hampshire (NH) are more likely to live in a rural area.


They are more likely to live in their own home, with family, or in a foster home.


Other adults with IDD live in urban areas and in institutions or group homes.

4 in 10 live in a rural area in NH

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compared to 3 in 10 nationally

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7 in 10 live on their own, with family, or in a foster home in NH

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compared to 4 in 10 nationally

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Health Indicators for Adults with IDD in NH

In NH, many adults with IDD need support to get preventive health care and engage in healthy behaviors.  Preventive health care includes regular visits with a provider to screen for health issues and share health information.

3 in 10 self-report their health as fair or poor


1 in 10 are current smokers


1 in 10 report no physical activity


4 in 10 are obese


"Disability doesn't have to equal poor health. 

Staying healthy is a challenge for everyone!

The key to good health is access and good support."   

-  Kathy, a NH resident with a disability

Preventive Health Care Needs of Adults with IDD in NH

Compared to adults with IDD nationally, adults with IDD in NH are less likely to get some health screenings:  


   3 in 10 have not seen a dentist in 1 year or more compared to 2 in 10 nationally



5 in 10 have not had a vision test in 1 year or more compared to 4 in 10 nationally



 6 in 10 have not had a hearing test in 5 years or more compared to 4 in 10 nationally


There are many strategies for health care providers, public health professionals, caregivers, and adults with IDD themselves that can help improve access to preventive health care.

Strategies to Improve Preventive Health for Adults with IDD:


Data sources: 2017 National Core Indicators Adult Survey; From Where I Sit UNH Institute on Disability blog

​This content is solely the responsibility of the NH Disability and Health Program and does not necessarily represent the views of the CDC or US DHHS.