CDC Publishes Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities
[From the CDC Newsroom]
CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, in collaboration with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) has published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Supplement looking at health interventions that are evidence-based and/or show promise in reducing health differences affecting certain population groups, including people with disabilities at the local and national levels. One of the highlighted interventions is Living Well with a Disability, a program developed by University of Montana in partnership with the national network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and with support from CDC's NCBDDD, Division of Human Development and Disability. This program helps people with disabilities learn skills to manage their health by teaching goal-setting and problem solving skills that help them remove barriers to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The program can be adopted and widely implemented by national, state, and local organizations that seek to improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities and reduce healthcare cost. The CDC urges people to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in public health programs. Other resources are available on the following websites:
- Living and Working Well with a Disability website
- CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity website (interventions and strategies that reduce health disparities).
- NCBDDD's Disability and Health website