Oregon: CDC State Funded Programs

Level 2 Funding from 2002-2007

Lead Agency

Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH)
Oregon Institute on Disability and Deveopment (OIDD)
Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC)
Oregon Health & Science Univesity (OHSU)
P.O. Box 574
Portland, OR 97207-0574
Phone: 503-494-3331
Charles Drum, J.D., Ph.D. Principal Investigator and Co-Director
PO Box 574
Oirtkabdm IR 97207-0574
Phone: (503)-494-8047 Fax: (503)-494-6868
Grant Higginson, M.D., MPH, Co-Investigator and Co-Director
Oregon Department of Human Services, Public Health Division
Office of Community Health and Health Planning
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 731-4829 Fax: (503) 731-4083
Mel Neri, Project Coordinator
PO Box 574
Portland, OR 97207-0574
Phone: (503) 494-3642 Fax: (503) 494-6868 nerim@ohsu.edu

Collaborating Agencies

Project Goal

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) improves the health and wellness of people with disabilities through health promotion, training, surveillance, education, community engagement, dissemination, and policy development activities that address health disparities and secondary conditions.

Major Program Activities

  • Healthy Lifestyles (HL) is a health promotion program available in English or Spanish, and appropriate for people with a variety of disabilities. It consists of a three-day workshop and monthly follow-up support groups for six months. OODH will implement HL four times per year, with one each year held in a rural community and one held for Latinos. The program provides participants with the knowledge and skills to adopt healthier behaviors. The primary outcome of HL is increased knowledge; the secondary outcome is an increase in healthy behaviors. Healthy Lifestyles is evaluated using pre/post/follow-up data on health knowledge and health behaviors, including questions about cancer screening, nutrition and exercise. General health status and achievement of healthy lifestyle goals are also evaluated.
  • The “Right to Know Campaign” is a health communication program that was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase awareness of and promote breast cancer screening for women with physical disabilities 40 years and older. The goal of this campaign is to improve access, health promotion, and health marketing and communication around breast cancer screening and awareness for women with physical disabilities in Oregon. OODH will partner with the Oregon Partnership for Cancer Control and the Women with Disabilities Health Equity Coalition to strategically implement this program in several Oregon communities through the year 2012.
  • OODH will address disability issues with state or local disaster preparedness and emergency response programs and work to ensure that emergency preparedness planning and training efforts include topics relevant to the health and safety of people with disabilities in Oregon. OODH will participate in state emergency preparedness efforts and provide training and education to first responders on the needs of people with disabilities in emergency situations. This will include the development and implementation of a “Disability and First Responders” curriculum to be included in the continuing education requirements for all Emergency Preparedness EMS First Responders in the state. Increased knowledge and the number of First Responders trained are two measurable outcomes of this project.
  • Community Engagement activities will continue to support livable communities, including improved access to homes, schools, healthcare facilities, and/or workplaces in Oregon. OODH will continue efforts to work with communities in Oregon to identify existing physical, programmatic, and policy access barriers for community members with disabilities. OODH will then assist the community to address the barriers and work towards improving the physical and social accessibility of their environment, resulting in improved quality of life for people with disabilities.
  • Professionals and para-professionals will be trained on the care and health promotion of people with disabilities. OODH will continue to offer the graduate level course on “Disability and Public Health” for the Oregon Masters of Public Health Program, as well as offer a new graduate course (developed in a previous CDC funding cycle) on “Disability and Epidemiology.” OODH staff will also provide lectures in an interdisciplinary teaching forum at OHSU and implement an intensive training institute for healthcare professionals.
  • Analysis of supplemental surveillance data from the Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) will continue to help inform the development and evaluation of ongoing OODH program activities. OODH will also analyze data on Oregon teens with disabilities to help inform the development of sound programs and policies related to their health and well-being.
  • A draft state strategic plan for promoting the health of Oregonians with disabilities was prepared during a previous funding cycle of OODH. In the current funding cycle, OODHwill expand the scope of the strategic plan and revise it to encompass the activities of all programs in the state that are related to the health of people with disabilities. This revision process will be guided and approved by the OODH Advisory Council (AC). Once finalized, it will then be disseminated within the state. Throughout the funding cycleOODH and the AC will advocate for adoption and implementation of state plan activities and policy adoptions at the local, county, and state levels.

Materials & Publications

  • Newsletters
  • Data Briefs
  • Policy Briefs
  • Healthy Lifestyles Brochure
  • Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum (available for purchase in English or Spanish)
  • Disability and Public Health Curriculum Outline (available for purchase)
  • Community Action Guide Version 2.0: Community Engagement * Initiative for Disability Access (available for purchase)
    Oregon Chartbook