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


graphic of 5 in 10 wheelchair users  graphic of a scale     

Half (5 in 10) are obese


graphic of an exercise weight Half (5 in 10) report no physical activity




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1 in 10 

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


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  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: 

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  • 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;

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

Data source: 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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