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Best Buddies Friendship Chapters Learn about Health Disparities, Barriers to Health, and Best Practices to Promote Health & Wellness

Responding to a request from Best Buddies International, DPH created an online training to educate individuals who work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) about health disparities, health risk factors and health promotion strategies.  The presentation, Be Active, Eat Healthy, Have Fun: Promoting the health of people with IDD, is now publicly available!

The 30-minute video discusses health disparities among people with and without IDD, common barriers to health and healthy lifestyles experienced by people with IDD, and shares resources, strategies, and best practices to promote health and wellness.


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DPH’s presentation was highly informative and of great value to our staff.  Their approach was collaborative and fit well with our organization’s goals.  DPH met us where we are at and provided us information and knowledge to raise awareness about health disparities among people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Learning about the barriers people encounter helps us to bridge the divide between people with and without disabilities.

Corey Yugler, Director of Training & Development, Best Buddies International

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Spotlight On: Helping Everybody to Quit Smoking

A recent CDC feaure focuses the need for inclusive tobacco cessation efforts, highlighting DPH's smoking cessation brochure that offers tips to help people with disabilities quit smoking.

The percentage of adults who smoke cigarettes is higher among people with disabilities than people without disabilities. If more people with disabilities are included in smoking cessation programs, the percentage of those who smoke can be reduced.

Learn more about what other states are doing to ensure quit campaigns reach and include people with disabilities.