HealthMatters Program Virtual Coach: Health Matters Now More than Ever

View presentation on HealthMatters Program YouTube Playlist
Date and time: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 pm CDT
Duration: 1 hour and 3 minutes
Handout: PowerPoint Presentation-Jasmina Sisirak and Kristin Krok

Overview: As an often underserved population, health promotion is even more imperative for people with IDD when living in turbulent communities during a pandemic. During a period of physical distancing and sheltering in place due to COVID-19 pandemic, community-based organizations (CBOs) are reimagining ways to deliver health promotion programming to people with IDD and exploring options for connecting remotely. This webinar will present Virtual HealthMatters Program Coach, a 12-week health promotion program that provides easy access, online “anytime/anywhere” modules, strategies, and messages for use among people with IDD and their supports in community homes. Lessons learned will be discussed by one of the CBOs currently using the program. Ways to get involved and take part in Virtual HealthMatters Program Coach will be explained.

Learning Objectives:

  1. discuss the ways to deliver health promotion programming to people with IDD during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. describe HealthMatters Program Coach, a virtual health promotion program model for people with IDD; and,
  3. present preliminary ‘lessons learned’ from HealthMatters Program Coach in one community based organization.


Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH is the Co-Director of the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests consist of nutrition, health literacy, and health promotion for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She coordinates several health promotion projects and has written publications and presented papers in the area of disability, health, and nutrition. Jasmina has co-authored two books entitled Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities and Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program.

Kristin Krok, CTRS is a Director of Life Enrichment at Aspire. Ms. Krok has more than 17 years of experience supporting and collaborating with people who have IDD and mental health issues. She has overseen the development and expansion of health promotion and wellness services at Aspire-Lake and is a HealthMatters™ Advanced Certified Instructor for the HealthMatters™ Train the Trainer program.


COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago with continued partnership with Project SEARCH, a leader in securing competitive employment for people with disabilities based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and with Aspire an Illinois organization providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities.


  • There is no cost for these webinars.
  • CEUs are not offered for these webinars.
  • Webinars and materials will be recorded and archived on HealthMatters Program YouTube Playlist.
  • For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak ( at least 10 days before the webinars.
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