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Illinois Disability and Health Program

The Illinois Disability and Health Program is a statewide project initiated jointly by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The goal of the program is to promote health, well-being, and quality of life among Illinois citizens living with a disability as well as reduce and prevent secondary health conditions related to, or exacerbated by, primary disability.

People with disabilities are known to have an increased risk of chronic health conditions, such as arthritis, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol, than those without disabilities. As a group, however, people with disabilities have rarely been targeted by health promotion and disease prevention efforts. The Illinois Disability and Health Program represents an effort to include those with disabilities in on-going health promotion and disease prevention activities. The Program also intends to raise public and professional awareness regarding the importance of reducing secondary health conditions among people with disabilities.
In July 2007, the program was awarded a five-year federal grant from the Disability and Health Team of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some of the current program activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanding statewide activities in preventing secondary conditions and promoting health of people with disabilities.
  • Maintaining an existing statewide partnership (advisory group) that includes disability advocacy organizations, other state departments, local health departments, health advocacy organizations, university-based programs and people with disabilities, and recruiting new members as necessary to strengthen capacity.
  • Maintaining and expanding an existing scientific database on the prevalence and impact of secondary conditions among people with disabilities.
  • Increasing health promotion and prevention opportunities and resources for people with disabilities.
  • Expanding the awareness of, and opportunities for, local health professionals to have the knowledge and tools to screen, diagnose and work effectively with people with disabilities.
  • Increasing the availability and accessibility of health promotion and prevention services, interventions and resources for people with disabilities.

Funding

The Illinois Disability and Health Project at the University of Illinois at Chicago is provided by a subcontract by the Illinois Department of Public Health through a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Disability and Health Branch (Grant #U59DD000271).

Staff

  • Carla Cox, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Kiyoshi Yamaki, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Affiliations of the current ILDHP Project Partners

University-based Programs

  • Rush University, ADA Taskforce
  • Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School
  • Western Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
    • Center for Outcomes, Research and Education
    • Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
    • Institute for Design Engineering and Applications
    • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
    • School of Allied Health
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Social Work
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Dept. of Disability and Human Development
    • Institute for Health Research and Policy
    • National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
    • National Center for Rural Health Professions

Disability Advocacy Organizations

  • Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois
  • Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois
  • DuPage County Center for Independent Living
  • Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living
  • IMPACT, Inc.
  • Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living
  • Life Center for Independent Living
  • Northwestern IL Center for Independent Living
  • Options Center for Independent
  • PACE, Inc. Center for Independent Living
  • Progress Center for Independent Living
  • Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living
  • West Central Illinois Center for Independent Living
  • Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living

Health Advocacy Organizations

  • Arthritis Foundation, Greater Chicago Chapter
  • Arthritis Foundation, Greater Illinois Chapter
  • Asian Health Coalition of Illinois
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
  • Illinois Health Education Consortium/AHEC
  • Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter
  • Mount Sinai Hospital, Urban Health Institute
  • Salud Latina/Latino Health

Senior Service Organizations

  • Age Options
  • Starting Point

State Agencies

  • Illinois Department on Aging
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
    • Center for Health Statistics
    • Division of Injury and Violence Prevention
    • Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
    • Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
    • Men’s Health and Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
    • Office of Women’s Health

Local Health Departments

  • Du Page County Health Department
  • Effingham County Health Department
  • Livingston County Health Department
  • Macon County Health Department
  • Washington County Health Department