Disability in Focus: June 2021

Better Preventive Health Needed for NH Adults with Mobility Disabilities


6 in 10 NH adults with mobility disabilities report their health as fair or poor.  Access to health promotion programs and preventive health care is needed to improve their health.

"It's hard to get a doctor to listen and not just assume I'm in pain because I have a chronic condition and disability... Preventive care could be made better by expanding access."

- Ansley, NH resident with a mobility disability


Half (5 in 10) are obese



Half (5 in 10) report no physical activity

5 in 10 wheel chairs
doctor visit

1 in 10 
have not seen a primary care provider in 1 year or more


flu shot

  Half (5 in 10)
  have not had a flu vaccine in the last year

"I think preventive health care is important, [but] sometimes I think that doctors don't know what to do with me."

- Caitlin, NH resident with a mobility disability


Strategies to Improve Preventive Health for NH Adults with Mobility Disabilities: 

  • Assess health promotion sites for physical accessibility, listen to patients' concerns, and make necessary changes;
  • Adapt physical activity and nutrition programs to make sure they are accessible for people with mobility disabilities;
  • Educate people with mobility disabilities about the importance of preventive health care and healthy behaviors;
  • Recruit people with mobility disabilities into existing health programs by partnering with local organizations;
  • Contact the NH Disability & Public Health Project with questions or for technical assistance.



Data source: 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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