New Hampshire Disability and Public Health Project

AAHD assists with dissemination for the CDC-funded New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project (NH DPH).

Reaching a Broader Audience

AAHD’s goals is to help NH DPH reach a broader, national audience with their timely and relevant data briefs, project activities, and materials.  NH DPH is a collaboration between the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services and its Bona Fide Agent, the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire.  The overarching goal of the collaboration is to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by strengthening the capacity of the state’s public health programs and initiatives to include people with intellectual disabilities and mobility limitations.

Educate About Inclusion

A primary role of the project is to educate public health professionals, policymakers, health care providers, and other stakeholders about the need to include people with intellectual disabilities and mobility limitations in evidence-based health promotion efforts.  NH DPH makes evidence-based strategies available, provides expert training and technical assistance to implement them, and helps improve surveillance and monitoring to ensure uptake among the target populations. 

Dissemination Products

NH DPH offers two online trainings for health care providers.  Both are currently available free of charge for professional development credits.  Responsive Practice: Providing Health Care and Screenings to Individuals with Disabilities helps providers recognize barriers to accessing health care and preventive services faced by people with disabilities and offers strategies to provide disability-competent, responsive care.

  • The 2019 New Hampshire Disability & Public Health infographic report shares data about social determinants of health (education, income, and health employment) and health indicators among NH adults with mobility and cognitive disabilities. “This year, we wanted to show that adults with disabilities in New Hampshire are more likely than adults without disabilities to have diabetes and heart disease,” said Kimberly Phillips, project lead and co-author of the report. “Public health programs need to be aware of factors that contribute to these health outcomes, such as lower rates of physical activity and more delayed medical care. The infographic looks at disparities in health among NH adults with disabilities, compared to those without. It offers strategies to improve health equity for all people in NH.

The Disability in Focus series provides in-depth information about specific health topics, highlighting New Hampshire data, personal stories, and policy options to address health disparities.

Discover more about NH DPH, connect with resources to support inclusive and accessible public health, and learn about NH DPH’s impact. New content for dissemination will be ready this fall. This includes a new Responsive Practice training module for health care providers and a new data brief that we’ll be publishing in December 2019.


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