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