Recording - Partnering to Transform Healthcare with People with IDD

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Recording - Beyond Care Coordination: Cross-Systems Care Integration For Adults with IDD

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Recording - Mindfulness: Strategies for Building Success and Wellness in the 21st Century Workforce

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Health of Parents with Disabilities

January 18, 2018 (2pm-3pm CST)
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Recording - Using the Health Matters Curriculum with the Project SEARCH® Program Model

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Recording - HealthMatters Scale Up: Getting the Memo

The HealthMatters Program Scale Up is a health promotion initiative aimed at improving health and health promotion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout the states of Alaska, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri.

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Recording - Integrating Technology to Increase Student Interns' Health, Fitness, and Personal Responsibilities (Project SEARCH)

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Recording - Promoting Health and Leadership in Project SEARCH® Programs

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Recording - Promoting the Wellbeing of Individuals with IDD Through Research and HealthMatters, Maryland

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Recording - Better Health by Health Education & Sustained Employment (Project SEARCH)

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Recording - Small Steps, Big Leaps: Healthy Vending in Your Organization

This presentation provides strategies for healthier vending options through the following: (i) steps to developing healthy vending machine initiative; (ii) using tools to survey vending machines and implementing new guidelines; and, (iii) integrating examples and links to resources related to healthy vending machine for your initiative.
Audience: Providers who provide Supports for Community Living services to people with IDD and others seeking to increase healthy options in their organization’s vending machines.

Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH and Kristin Krok, CTRS

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  1. Healthy Vending Guidelines
  2. Healthy Vending
  3. Vending Machine Inventory Tool
  4. Vending Policy Example

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Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 6 (September/October 2016)


The Power of Wellness Committee - Setting Up Your Organization for Success

Every Organization should have a Wellness Committee!
A wellness committee plays a vital role in success of your health promotion programming and organizational culture of wellness. Why? Because it represents the opinions, thoughts, and ideas of your staff and people you support and can bridge gaps within the community. Read More...

Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 5 (July/August 2016)

Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 5 (July/August 2016)

Integrated Wellness Initiatives: Building Organizational Capacity

HealthMatters Team presents at ANCOR Webinar on March 5th, 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:15pm
People with developmental disabilities have the least health programming and highest levels of preventable secondary chronic health conditions in the nation. The prevailing myth is that people with DD are unhealthy because they have a disability.
This webinar presents evidence that people with disabilities can learn to improve their health. Additionally, integrating health promotion for individuals, DSPs and other employees increases organizational success.
You will learn how to lead individuals served and employees through awareness, implementation and maintenance programming; and how individuals with DD can learn health promotion and have a right to receive culturally appropriate information that improves their quality of life.The presenters will also address common challenges to overcome, include increasing employee motivation, helping DSPs recognize that health promotion is part of their role and finding resources and partners in lean times to promote wellness.
ARCA has successfully integrated several wellness programs, which will be discussed:
  • Health Matters, an evidence-based curriculum developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn healthy lifestyles;
  • ARCA on the Move is an annual integrated walking event developed and coordinated by registered dietitians. Sixty-five teams of individuals receiving services and employees dreamed, lived and achieved 47,645 miles walked in 12 weeks in 2011.
  • ARCA's Employee Wellness Committee workforce health promotion initiatives include two paid walking breaks daily, speakers on health topics, stress reduction seminars, an annual health fair, free flu shots, and incentives for monthly activities.
  • HealthMatters™ Community Academic Partnership—an NIH-funded collaboration between ARCA, NorthPointe Resources and UIC—introduces a new approach for community-based organizations and academic institutions to find practical solutions that people with DD can use to maintain healthy lifestyles.
Note: all times are Eastern
Arielle Bernier Oetzel, Leslie Hoelzel, and Judy Parsons, ARCA