Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 4 (June 2016)

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HealthMatters CAP Team attends APHA in Boston

Boston, MA

The HealthMatters Team attends the
141st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo on November 2-6, in Boston, MA. Check out our Presentations.

Monday, November 4, 2013
Efficacy of a HealthMessages peer to peer program for people with intellectual disabilities by Beth Marks

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
HealthMatters community academic partnership: Creating tools for community action among people with developmental disabilities and their supports by Beth Marks

The NM HealthMatters CAP Team Hosted the NM Statewide Affiliate Meeting

Albuquerque, New Mexico

ARCA hosted the NM HealthMatters™ CAP Conference (January 10-11, 2013) in Albuquerque, NM, where community-based organizations (CBO) from four NM regions met to discuss health promotion capacity. The affiliates are a statewide network improving the health of people with DD, their service, and regulatory systems. Individuals with disabilities, staff, and family members from affiliates convened with ARCA, Dina Donohue and Kristin Krok from NorthPointe Resources, Dr. Lisa Cacari-Stone from the University of New Mexico, and Dr. Beth Marks and Dr. Jasmina Sisirak from the University of Illinois at Chicago to tell stories, learn from each other, and set organizational goals for health promotion based on a comprehensive HealthMatters Assessment of current organizational status.

Self-advocates from each CBO hit the mark practice teaching the new
Peer-to-Peer HealthMessages Program! Chelsea Oppenheim a Healthy Lifestyle Coach from ACES at ARCA demonstrated a group HealthMessages session with her peers: Ernesto, Kipper, Sam, Wendy, and Pam. Huge thanks to Holli Fields and Jeanne Desjardins for helping ACES participate. Jeff Foster, Rolley Longley, Tom Pino, and Mark Hirvisalo, who receive ARCA’s services, were role models at the conference.

NM affiliates that will support health promotion in their organization/region with technical support form the NM CAP Team (ARCA) include Silver Lining Services (NW), Santa Lucia (NE), Tresco, Inc. (SW), and Tobosa Developmental Services (SE). The NM CAP Team provided affiliates with teaching tools, equipment, and books to support their programs under the grant.

HealthMatters CAP Team attends APHA in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

The HealthMatters CAP Team attended the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on October 27-October 31, in San Francisco, CA. Check out our Presentation on HealthMatters Community Academic Partnership for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Visit our Booth at Southwest Conference on Disability

Albuquerque, New Mexico

HealthMatters CAP has a booth at the national Southwest Conference on Disability at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Oct. 10th-12th! Individuals, community and experts convene to translate what's working and what's needed. Stop by, take a health quiz, spin the wheel for a prize, and learn about HealthMatters CAP!

Illinois HealthMatters CAP Statewide Conference held in Chicago

Chicago, IL
HealthMatters CAP held their Illinois Statewide Affiliate Meeting on September 19 and 20, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. HealthMatters CAP Affiliates are community-based organizations within the five regions of Illinois and New Mexico working with HealthMatters CAP Partners to build regional and local capacity to improve the health of people with DD. The following HealthMatters CAP Affiliates participated: Ada S. McKinley, Association for Individual Development (AID), Bridgway/IGE, and Community Link.  Staff and self advocates from each organization participated in a Paradigm Shift Activity, discussed Tools for Community Action, and explored Organizational Culture as it pertains to health promotion services for people with DD.  Affiliates and self advocates also received training for the HealthMessages Peer to Peer Program.

HealthMatters CAP Team presents at IASSID

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
The HealthMatters Team attends the 2012 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) on July 9-14, 2012, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Check out our Presentations.

July 10, 2012
Health Promotion Program: Tools for Community Action by Beth Marks
Community Nutrition: Framing the Concept, Reviewing the Evidence by Jasmina Sisirak

July 13
Food for Thought: Nutrition Knowledge of Paid Caregivers in Community by Jasmina Sisirak
What About Staff: Impact of HealthMatters Train-the-Trainer for Direct Support Professionals by Beth Marks

Visit our Booth at New Mexico Conference on Aging

Albuquerque, New Mexico

On August 21-22 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department will host the New Mexico Conference on Aging. HealthMatters CAP will have a booth to outreach to aging New Mexicans with developmental disabilities and their families on August 21-22nd at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

For more information please contact Leslie Hoelzel or Arielle Bernier Oetzel.

Over 500 Visitors to Our Booth at AccessChicago!

Chicago, IL


AccessChicago was held at Navy Pier on Thursday July 19 and is hosted by the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. The expo promotes the independence and inclusion of people with all types of disabilities by showcasing Chicago’s wide range of accessible venues, products and services.  It is free and open to the public.  The audience included people with disabilities, people from disability/advocacy organizations, advocates and family members, researchers, practitioners, business groups (for profit and non-profit).
HealthMatters CAP was one of over 200 booths at
Access Chicago.

Kristin Krok presents at Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity

Springfield, Illinois

Kristin Krok presented What Matters? HealthMatters! at Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity. The goals of the presentation were to identify the importance of incorporating health promotion activities for individuals with I/DD into daily interactions, provide health promotion strategies that can support individuals with I/DD to make long-term lifestyle changes and identify existing health promotion programs for individuals with ID.