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The HealthMatters, North Carolina! VAYA Health is a health promotion initiative aimed at improving health and health promotion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout the state of North Carolina. HealthMatters Program team will assist provider organizations to promote healthy lifestyles to people with IDD while meeting the requirements of the National Core Indicators (wellness indicators).

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
We are looking for motivated people in DD Provider Organizations who provide services to people with I/DD in North Carolina
VAYA Health network to participate in this initiative. Up to 9 provider organizations will be selected to participate and will receive resources to benefit people with IDD receiving services, the organization, and their employees. Each organization will need to devote the staff to make up a team that includes but is not limited to: two (or more) staff leaders and a HealthMatters Team Coordinator who will ultimately become Certified Instructors to teach 12-week HealthMatters Program to people with I/DD.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Organization needs to provide structured time for a 12-week HealthMatters Program for people with I/DD, staff, and Wellness Committee to meet. This project is one (1) year long and requires the following commitments:

Wave 2: February 2018 - February 2019

ACTIVITY DEADLINES
Create a Wellness Committee February/March 2018
Complete organizational HealthMatters Assessments (staff only, at least 25% of workforce, must be completed at least 2 weeks before webinars). March 16th, 2018 (Time 1)
March 16th, 2019 (Time 2)
Create and implement Strategic Plan for health promotion. April 2018-February 2019
Attend three (3) 90-minute HealthMatters Train-the-Trainer Webinars and complete 90 minutes of offline work between webinars (minimum 3 participants). Option 1: April  9, 11, 13 (10am-11:30am CST)
Option 2: April 9, 11, 13 (1pm - 3 :30pm  CST)
Option 3: April 16, 18, 20 (10am-11:30am CST)
Option 4: April 16, 18, 20 (1pm - 3 :30pm  CST)
Run at least one 12-week HealthMatters Program (3 times per week, 4-6 hour per week, minimum 6 participants with I/DD) Start within 2 weeks of the last Webinar.

WHAT SUPPORTS WILL YOU GET?
1. In-state support from Karen Luken, North Carolina VAYA Health State Coordinators.
2. National support from
HealthMatters Team.
3. Free consultations on Wellness Committee and Strategic Plan.
4. Convenient training via
webinar.
5. Evidence-based
Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum.
6. Certification for participating staff to teach 12-week HealthMatters Program to people with I/DD.

HOW TO APPLY?
1. Read Application Instructions.
2. Complete online Application
3. Submit
Statement of Interest.

Application deadline is February 2nd, 2018.

NORTH CAROLINA TEAM
Karen Luken, State Coordinator

NATIONAL TEAM

Beth Marks, Principal Investigator
Jasmina Sisirak, Co-Investigator
Kristin Krok, Community Associate

CEUs/CPEUs
Six (6) CEUs/CPEUs provided for Advance Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LSW, LPC, LCPC), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionists (RD), Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDP), Speech Language Pathologists, and Illinois Teachers (CPDUs).

CONTACT US (info@healthmattersprogram.org)
Health Matters Curriculum
Health Matters Program Guide
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