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

outline of the state of New Hampshire and a graphic of a rural area

compared to 3 in 10 nationallyoutline of the USA

7 in 10 live on their own, with family, or in a foster home in NHoutline of the state of New Hampshire and a graphic of a house

compared to 4 in 10 nationallyoutline of the USA

 

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

 health cross

1 in 10 are current smokers

cigarette graphic

4 in 10 are obese

scale graphic

1 in 10 report no physical activity

exercise weight graphic

 

woman with Down syndrome doing yoga

 

"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:

outline of New Hampshire with a tooth graphic

       

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

 

 

 

outline of New Hampshire with eye graphic  

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

 

 

outline of New Hampshire with an ear graphic 

       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:

 

Download the infographic report here. person of color with Down syndrome shopping for lettuce

We want to hear from you! As always, we will use your comments to improve our work.

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 & Public Health Project and does not necessarily represent the views of the CDC or US DHHS.