Recording - Using the Health Matters Curriculum with the Project SEARCH® Program Model

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Project SEARCH is committed to supporting health and fitness education during the transition to employment. Accordingly, Project SEARCH partnered with UnitedHealthcare last year to provide Project SEARCH sites with Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities. More recently, we were awarded a grant from the Ohio DD Council to study the use of the Health Matters curriculum in the context of Project SEARCH. As a first step, we surveyed Project SEARCH Instructors on their experience with the Health Matters curriculum and other health and fitness activities. The purpose was to learn about both the successes and obstacles that instructors encountered. The results of that survey will be presented here, and we plan to gather additional information from members of the audience in an informal focus group discussion. Ultimately, we plan to create and test a clear set of guidelines for integrating the Health Matters curriculum into Project SEARCH in a manner that will optimize learning of health and fitness principles without interfering with the primary Project SEARCH goal of competitive employment. 

PRESENTERS
Maryellen Daston, PhD has a background in biomedical research and technical writing. As a Project SEARCH program specialist for data and communications, she is responsible for identifying state and federal funding opportunities, preparing grant applications, and managing the database and website content. Maryellen also contributes to the Project SEARCH website and other communications. In addition, she co-authored, with Erin Riehle and Susie Rutkowski, a book on the history, philosophy, and practices of Project SEARCH.

Karen Guo is a second year Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student at the Ohio State University. She achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan. She is a graduate research assistant for the Transition, Employment, and Technology Lab and has experience with job coaching for the Transition Options in Post-Secondary Settings (TOPS) program.  Karen has experiences with Health and Wellness programs through ARC Industries, Goodwill, Healthy Asian Youth, and KidSport. Her final research capstone is focused on health education and promotion for individuals with developmental disabilities. This includes collaboration with Project SEARCH as well as involvement with Franklin Park Adventure Center programs to facilitate individuals with disabilities through the transition to community integrated sports and events.  

PRESENTATION CONTRIBUTORS
Julie Christensen, PhD, LMSW, Director, Center for Disabilities and Development (UCEDD), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Dennis Cleary, Co-Director of the Transition, Employment, and Technology (TET) Lab, Columbus, OH
Karen Guo, Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Beth Marks, RN, PhD, Research Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
These webinars are hosted by the HealthMatters ProgramTM in partnership with Project SEARCH® and funded by The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD). The RRTCDD is funded through United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Grant # 90RT5020-01-00, and a grant from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council.