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NEW Infographic - Social Determinants of Health Among NH Adults with Disabilities

NH adults with disabilities have fewer opportunities for education, lower household incomes, and less health insurance coverage than adults without disabilities. The 2018 NH Disability & Public Health Infographic shares data and policy options to positively affect health equity for NH Adults with disabilities.

Combining 4 years of data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) allowed the authors to look at the prevalence of mobility and cognitive disabilities by race and ethnicity in NH.

Because most people in NH are White, most people with disabilities in NH are also White. Still, the prevalence of disability is higher in other racial and ethnic groups, including NH adults who are American Indian or Alaska Native, multi-racial, Hispanic, Black, or African American.

Taking steps to make public health programs inclusive and culturally competent regarding race, ethnicity, and disability may help to improve health equity for people with disabilities in NH.  

Responsive Practice: Providing Health Care & Screenings to Individuals with Disabilities

The New Hampshire Disability and Public Health (DPH) project’s Responsive Practice training is now available online, on-demand, and is free for a limited time.  Responsive Practice enhances health care providers’ ability to deliver disability-competent care that is accessible to people with intellectual, mobility, and other disabilities, and is eligible for continuing education and continuing medical education credits.

Dr. Lisa Plotnik, an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics provider at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, consulted on the training and appears throughout it offering tips and considerations for her peers in the health care field.  She says,

This training would help both providers and office staff to be able to be more accommodative for patients with disabilities.  It provides a good background in how to meet the needs of your current patients and accommodate any new patients that may come in as our population expands with people with disabilities.

Learn more and register for the training at or by contacting the project at

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New Hampshire Adults with Disabilities Are Motivated to Quit Smoking

New Hampshire adults with cognitive and/or mobility disabilities are more likely to smoke cigarettes than adults without disabilities. The Disability in Focus, March 2018 data brief, shows that NH Adults with disabilities are motivated to quit smoking.

The DPH project worked with the NH Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program to add new questions to their QuitNow-NH intake survey to better understand smoking trends and motivation to quit among NH people with disabilities.

“When it comes to smoking cessation, it is important to make sure that strategies are accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities,” explains Kimberly Phillips, DPH Principal Investigator and co-author of the report. “We will continue to collect

disability data with the QuitNow-NH program for the next few years. Together with our state partners, we’ll use this data to inform some action steps.”  

Healthy Lifestyles for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) can be healthy, and with appropriate supports can achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles. This issue of Disability in Focus describes four levels of supports to help people with IDD engage in healthy behaviors.


DPH Partners Produce a New Policy Position

The New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA)’s newly adopted policy position, “Health Equity for People with Disabilities,” calls for policies and initiatives that support the health and wellness of people with disabilities in NH.

The policy serves as a resource for legislators, policymakers, and students, and provides a basis for NHPHA members to advocate and take action to promote change.


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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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We want to hear from you! Please complete our brief survey to share your thoughts and suggest topic areas for future presentations.

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.