Health & Genetics Projects

START is a research-based model of services and supports for individuals with an intellectual/developmental disability (IDD) ages six and older who also have a mental health (MH) diagnosis or behavioral health needs.
Age Levels:
Adult, Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle/High School, Older Adult
Creating Connections NH is a federally-funded project to develop and implement a system of care for youth (ages 12-25) with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Co-occurring mental health disorders and SUD (COD). 
Age Levels:
Middle/High School
Understanding the Factors Associated with the Health Disparities Experienced by People with Intellectual Disabilities
Age Levels:
All Ages
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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 care access among the diverse populations of individuals with disabilities.
Age Levels:
Adult
Areas of Emphasis:
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, and a peer-reviewed journal publication.
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This New England Regional Genetics Network program intends to improve health equity and health outcomes in individuals with genetic conditions, reduce morbidity and mortality caused by genetic conditions (including congenital and metabolic disorders); and to improve the quality of coordinated and comprehensive genetic services to children and their families. The purpose of the Regional Genetics Networks is to:
Age Levels:
All Ages
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The New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project (DPH) aims to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by collaborating with state and regional public health efforts, advancing accessibility and inclusion of people with intellectual  and/ or mobility disabilities in public health, health care, and health promotion activities.
Age Levels:
All Ages
Areas of Emphasis:
NH Children's Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network
The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.
Age Levels:
Early Childhood
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.
Age Levels:
Adult
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Employment Safety Training supports the needs assessment process designed to address gaps, deficiencies, and unmet occupational safety and health training needs.  The pool of available health and safety trainings for workers with IDD is alarmingly shallow, especially trainings that are culturally competent and accessible. Through the Department of Labor (DOL) Susan Harwood Training Grant, the Institute on Disability seeks to address the shortage of occupational health and safety training for workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) by offering New Hampshire disability service providers the Staying Safe at Work curriculum developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP)
Age Levels:
Adult, Middle/High School, Older Adult
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.
Age Levels:
Older Adult