Vanessa Nehus, MA

Partners for Inclusive Communities
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
322 Main. Suite 501
Little Rock, AR 72201
 
Phone: 501-301-1114
Email: vanessan@uark.edu
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Last Updated: April 01, 2015

 

Leadership: Principal Investigator
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Surveillance on disability and secondary conditions in personal care and home management
 
Discipline(s): Psychology
Public Health
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Research: Survey research methods for people with disabilities; health surveillance of people with developmental disabilities
Education: : Adapted training opportunities for people with disabilities that are health related such as: tobacco cessation, developing healthy habits, good nutrition, incorporating exercise into daily routines, and modifiable risk factors for chronic diseases. Trainings provided to health professionals include: how to communicate respectfully with people with disabilities; accessibility concerns; and health issues for people with disabilities.

Vita/Bio

Vanessa R. Nehus, M.A. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Partners for Inclusive Communities 2001 Pershing Circle, Suite 300 North Little Rock, AR 72114 Work Experience Principal Investigator, CDC State Disability and Health Implementation Grant UAMS Partners for Inclusive Communities (2005-Present) Project Director, CDC State Disability and Health Implementation Grant UAMS Partners for Inclusive Communities (2002-2005) Continuous Quality Improvement Director UAMS Partners for Inclusive Communities (2002) Project Director, Developmental Disabilities Collaborative Project UAMS Partners for Inclusive Communities (2001-2002) Special Education Consultant St. Lucia Ministry of Education, US Peace Corps (1999-2001) Service Coordinator Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (1995- 1999) Instructor, Social Psychology and General Psychology University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Department of Psychology (1994-1995) Research Assistant Ozark Guidance Center, Quality Improvement Department (1993-1994) Research Assistant University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Department of Psychology (1990-1993) Education M.A. (1993) University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (Experimental Psychology) B.A. (1990) Hendrix College (Psychology) Publications 2005 Chartbook on Disability in Arkansas (2007) co-editor Arkansas' Strategic Plan for Promoting the Health and Wellness of People with Disabilities (2006) co-editor and writer 2003 Chartbook on Disability in Arkansas (2005) co-editor Consumer-Directed Model Training Manual (2003) co-editor and writer Consumer-Directed Personal Care Attendant Handbook (2003) co-editor and writer Presentations Nehus, V, Gangluff, D., Hart, A., Sick, R., Smith, V. (2008). Health Surveillance of People with Cognitive Disabilities. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA. Nehus, V. (2007). Stress Management for Caregivers. Oral presentation at Beyond the Borders, Conway, AR. Nehus, V. and Sick, R. (2007). Developing Healthy Habits. Oral presentation at Developmental Disabilities Conference, Hot Springs, AR. Nehus, V. (2007). Steps for a Healthier Lifestyle. Oral presentation at Arkansas Aging Conference, Hot Springs, AR. Nehus, V., Gangluff, D., Smith, V., and Sick, R. (2007) Self Reported Health Behaviors in People with Developmental Disabilities. Oral presentation at 2007 National Prevention and Health Promotion Summit, Washington DC. Gangluff, D., and Nehus, V. (2006). Disabilities and Chronic Disease of Adults in Arkansas. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association, Boston, MA. Schmidt, C., and Nehus, V. (2006). Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities. Oral presentation at Arkansas Aging Conference, Hot Springs, AR. Nehus, V. (2006). Nutrition: Health Happens. Oral presentation at Developmental Disabilities Conference, Hot Springs, AR. Nehus, V., and Sick, R. (2006). Developing Healthy Habits. Oral presentation at Developmental Disabilities Conference, Hot Springs, AR. Nehus, V. (2006). Health Choices Today: Age Well Tomorrow. Oral presentations at The Graying of America: How Aging Effects Supports for People with Disabilities, Fayetteville, AR.; The Northwest Arkansas Health Education Conference, Jonesboro, AR.; and Developmental Disabilities Conference, Hot Springs, AR. Bradshaw, Y., Hart, A., Nehus, V., and Swanson, M. (2004). Consumer Directed Model: A training resource for effectively managing personal care services. Oral presentation at American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C. Hart, A., Bradshaw, Y., Nehus, V., and Swanson, M. (2004). Consumer Directed Model: A training resource for effectively managing personal care services. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of University Centers on Disability, Washington, D.C. Professional Associations American Public Health Association 2002-present American Association on Health and Disability 2005-present