People with disabilities experience significant health disparities. Maryland's Disability Health Inclusion Program trains medical and public health professionals to provide accessible services and supports so that people with disabilities can live active, healthy lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided funding to establish the Maryland Disability Health Inclusion Program. In partnership with the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the program established a Disability and Health Advisory Committee, which meets regularly to guide the program's activities.
To improve the health status of people with disabilities in the community by:
- Eliminating barriers (programmatic and environmental) to state and community-based health promotion programs;
- Increasing the competency of internal and external public health professionals on disability-related issues;
- Promoting the support needs of people with disabilities to live healthy lives and be engaged in their communities;
- Developing sustainable and mutually-beneficial community partnerships; and,
- Increasing the availability and use of health promotion resources, tools and inclusion strategies.
For more information, contact the Maryland Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at 410/767-5780.