According to the CDC, nearly one in four Americans has a disability of some sort, and people with disabilities are disproportionately affected with chronic diseases and conditions.
In partnership and with support from the CDC Disability and Health Branch of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, NACDD is proud to lead the Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities national pilot project. This initiative enables five states and 10 local communities to make inclusive healthy choices the easy choices for people in areas where they live, learn, work, play, pray, and receive care.
NACDD is helping communities navigate through the phased healthy community change process to improve access and opportunity for healthy eating, physical activity, prevention or reduction of tobacco use, and general accessibility improvements through establishing new and supporting policies, systems, and environments (PSEs), with a principal focus on disability inclusion. This process closely resembles previous healthy community projects like ACHIEVE.
The Inclusive Healthy Communities Change Model is a phased model toward healthy community change, where NACDD led state and community groups through a phased community leadership process to instill lasting and sustainable health changes. The process focused on increasing access and opportunity for healthy eating, physical activity, general accessibility improvements, and tobacco prevention or reduction through the establishment of new PSEs.
The six distinct phases of the model include:
This model embodies a facilitative community leadership perspective and serves as a mechanism for navigating community coalitions through a healthy community change process over a multi-year period. While the phases appear linear, it is important to note that some of the phased activities occur on an ongoing basis and even concurrently with other phases.
On this page, you can click the tabs above to learn about how to implement disability inclusive Healthy Communities efforts in your state or community using the phased approach to Healthy Communities change.
To learn more about this national pilot project, click on our project compilation video: