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    ​​What We Do

    Maryland's Disability Health Inclusion Program trains public health professionals to provide accessible services and supports so that people with disabilities can live healthy lives.

    Our Vision

    We envision a Maryland where all citizens will have equal access to opportunities and resources to lead healthy lives within their communities.​​



    One in 5 Marylanders has at least one type of disability. 


    Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2019.​

    Who We Are

    The Maryland Disability Health Inclusion Program (DHIP) was established in 2016 with funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    In partnership with the Maryland Department of Disabilities, DHIP created a Disability and Health Advisory Committee. The Committee meets regularly to guide DHIP's activities. 

    What We Do

    Peopl​e with disabilities experience significant health disparities. We train medical and public health professionals to provide accessible services and supports so that people with disabilities can live active, healthy lives.

    Our Mission

    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.


    People with disabilities experience significant health disparities. 

    In Maryland over 72% of adults with disabilities reported having a chronic disease, such as diabetes, hypertension, or kidney disease.​1 Additionally, 38.1% of adults who report any disability are categorized as obese compared to 28.5% of adults who report no disability, increasing their risk for many serious diseases and poorer health outcomes.1,2​ ​​

    Adults with any disability were more likely to report not being able to see a doctor in the last 12 months due to cost.2


    [1] Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2019.

    [2] Adult Obesity Causes and Consequences, CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes.html, 2021.​

    Contact Us

    For more information, contact us at 410-767-5263.