2019 New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Report

1 in 5 New Hampshire adults, or more than 237,000 people, have a disability. This includes disabilities related to hearing, vision, mobility, and cognition


Compared to adults without disabilities, NH adults with disabilities are


seven times more likely to report
their health as "fair" or "poor"


two and a half times more likely
not to exercise


twice as likely to delay needed
medical care due to cost


three times more likely to have
diabetes and/or heart disease


Compared to adults without disabilities, New Hampshire adults with disabilities are 5 times more likely to have a yearly household income less than $15,000; 3 times more likely to have less than a high school education; and 2 times more likely not to be employed for wages or self-employed.

"I get $115 in food stamps per month, so that helps buy nutritious foods. But in the winter time I need a lot of help buying groceries. I also eat a lot more comfort food in the winter. I would like to learn about reading labels and nutrition information, as it relates to my disability." Shelley, Dover NH


Strategies to improve the health of New Hampshire adults with disabilities:


  • Promote health programs through organizations known to reach disability communities;
  • Actively recruit and include people with disabilities in public health programs;
  • Develop health education materials with plain language and easy-to-understand images;
  • Invest in systems that can improve the social determinants of health for all NH residents; and
  • Contact the NH Disability & Public Health Project (DPH) for technical assistance.
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Data source: 2015-2016 New Hampshire Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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