Health & Disability Digest, October 2015

October 23, 2015

AUCD Health & Disability Digest

October 2015


Highlights from the Network

AUCD's Public Health is for Everyone Highlighted in Nations Health


AUCD's Public Health is for Everyone,, is highlighted in the October 2015 edition of "Nation's Health," a newsletter for members of the American Public Health Association. Public Health is for Everyone, an inclusive planning toolkit for public health professionals. AUCD staff Adriane Griffen, and Abigail Alberico were interviewed and discussed the award winning resource. APHA Members can access the full article here.

Learn more about Public Health is for Everyone, submit your tools and give feedback at



Diagnostic Experiences of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

logoThis report from the September CDC National Health Statistics Report describes the diagnostic experiences of children in the United States diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to data from NS-DATA, the median age at ADHD diagnosis was 7 years. About one in three children was diagnosed before age 6-an age at which there are few valid diagnostic tools to support diagnosis. The age at diagnosis was related to the type of diagnosing provider. Read the article here.



National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) Receives 3 Year Funding

logoNDNRC will be receiving Year 3 Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) established the Affordable Care Act (ACA) National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) in order to assist the development of cross-disability competence in ACA CMS funded navigator programs and other enrollment specialists. The NDNRC aims to provide the information needed to help navigators assist people with disabilities consider all these options. The collaborative is funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ( The NDNRC website can be found at:



AUCD Participates in Assistive Technology Campaign

pictureAUCD and other disability associations and professionals came together to raise awareness and spread knowledge on the possibilities available to those in need of assistive technology, while highlighting the innovations happening in the industry at the MediaplanetUSA "Assistive Tech" campaign. The campaign was distributed within the centerfold of USA Today on September 25, 2015 and is published on a Mediaplanet original site.

Visit the site here to learn more, and visit to see the innovation happening in the industry and raise awareness about the possibilities of assistive technology.



Some of the Biggest Problems Sometimes Have the Simplest Solutions

logoCDC's Your Health-Your Environment Blog has a posting on the Surgeon Generals Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. The Call to Action is a simple solution to a complex idea. The promotion is a simple response to the growing public health threats of obesity, chronic disease, and other public health issues. Read the Blog here.



News From AUCD's Oral/Dental Community of Practice


AUCD's new Oral and Dental Health Community of Practice has begun work on two goals:

1. Sharing information/Training promotion (day to day priority)
2. Policy changes related to Medicaid coverage (explore making essential health benefit in exchanges) (long term goal)

We hope you enjoy the following resources on oral/dental health from this Community of Practice:

Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER), based at the UMass Shriver Center, webinar training for direct support workers

PCORI Project: Improving Oral Health for Vulnerable Populations-Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

New York State Dental Policy Manual

Accelerating Delivery System Transformation in Virginia's Medicaid Program

An Overview of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Waivers

Medicaid Coverage of Dental Benefits for Adults

The group will meet every over month and share information in between. The next group call will take place in early December.  If you are interested in joining, please take this poll



New AUCD Public Health Program Manager


In October Shannon Haworth joined the AUCD Public Health Team as the Public Health Program Manager. Her primary role will be managing Including People with Disabilities - Public Health Workforce Competencies in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This project will create competencies for public health professionals that will increase their capacity to include people with disabilities in public health program development and planning. Shannon most recently worked as the Senior Program Specialist on the LEND team at AUCD.



See AUCD at the APHA Conference!



AUCD will be presenting during two sessions at the upcoming APHA meeting in Chicago. 

Session Details:

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Healthy Living for All: How Sixby'15 Campaign Works to Include People with Disabilities in Public Health

Adriane K. Griffen, MPH, MCHES, Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Coalition strategies and political strategies are currently being used to encourage six states to adopt a policy of including PWD in state public health efforts by the end of 2015. Examples of how campaign partners are taking action on this goal from New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Iowa, Rhode Island, Ohio, Delaware, and Michigan will be shared. National resources from AUCD and local examples and resources from the campaign partner, the National Association of City County Health Officials will be highlighted. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Disability and Health Value: A Multistate Medicaid Data Analysis Collaboration

Adriane K. Griffen, MPH, MCHES, AUCD
Brian Armour, Ph.D., Division of Human Development and Disabilities, NCBDDD, CDC

This project identifies people with intellectual disability covered by Medicaid in each of these five states, characterizes the leading health issues that these Medicaid recipients experience, and identifies opportunities to improve the health/wellness of these Medicaid beneficiaries.

Find more information on the conference at


The 2015 APHA Disability Section Chair's Forum

logoThe Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990, providing broad civil rights and protections to the nearly 57 million Americans who have a disability, as well as those who are perceived as having a disability. In the twenty-five years since the passage of the ADA, much has been accomplished to break down barriers to full participation of people with disabilities in society, but many hurdles still remain. Join APHA for an exciting panel of presentations reflecting on ways the ADA has impacted the health of people with disabilities and discussing future directions for fulfilling the promise of the ADA and maximizing the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

• Ratification of the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities by the United States as a Means to Advance the Power of the ADA in the United States
• Persons with Disabilities as a "New" Unrecognized Health Disparity Population
• Changing Policies and Court Decisions that Promote the Health and Participation of People with Disabilities
• Parks, Recreation and Tourism: Impacts of the ADA Past, Present and Future
• Gains and Gaps: Perspectives of People with Disabilities on Title II of the ADA and Accommodations in Recreation Contexts
• A Policy Leader's Perspective: ADA Efforts in Chicago and Beyond

Learn more about this session here


Health and Disability Related Sessions at the 2015 AUCD Conference




Join AUCD network members, non-network organizational partners, experts from all across the disability field, to learn and grow together during the 2015 AUCD Conference. The 2015 AUCD Conference takes place November16-18 in Washington D.C. There will be several disability and health related sessions at the conference.

To find out more information about the conference or to register visit:

Featured Events

Special Interest Groups and Councils:

Sunday, November 15

AUCD - Council Meeting: COCA 

AUCD - Public Policy Committee  

Monday, November 16, 2015

AUCD - SIG: Autism 

AUCD - SIG: Disability Studies

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Health and Disability SIG

Concurrent Sessions: 

Monday, November 16 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

  • Taking Action to Improve Health and Reduce Disability-Related Health Disparities
  • Improving Health Equity and Access for People with Disabilities

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

  • HP2020 and Social Determinants of Health among People with Disabilities: Disparities, Demographics and Risk Factors
  • Using National Systems Standards to Improve Leadership and Capacity of Systems that Serve CYSHCN and their Families
  • ECHO Autism: An Innovative Model that Expands Knowledge to Increase Specialty Care for Children and Youth with Autism

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

  • Addressing and Eliminating Health Disparities: The Role of Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Cultural Perceptions of Disability


Health & Disability Digest Submissions

Would you like to share important updates or innovative practices from your program?

Health & Disability Digest invites you to submit notable information from your project including information about your staff, network wide requests, upcoming or past events, available positions, new research developments, and resources. Articles can be submitted using the online form or emailed to Shannon Haworth.

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In This Issue

Highlights from the Network

AUCD's Public Health is for Everyone Highlighted in Nations Health

Diagnostic Experiences of Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) Receives 3 year Funding

AUCD Participates in Assistive Technology Campaign

Some of the Biggest Problems Sometimes Have the Simplest Solutions

News from AUCD's Oral/Dental Health Community of Practice

New AUCD Public Health Program Manager

See AUCD at the APHA Conference!

The 2015 APHA Disability Section Chair's Forum

Health and Disability Related Sessions the 2015 AUCD Conference

Quick Links


Friends of NCBDDD

Public Health is for Everyone


Featured Resources

Six By Fifteen Logo

Join the Six by '15 Campaign! Celebrate 40 years of IDEA and 25 years of the ADA by working together to achieve 6 national goals by the end of 2015.


PHE Toolkit Logo

Public Health is for Everyone
An inclusive planning toolkit for public health professionals. Support inclusion with@PHis4Everyone on Twitter!


Health Reform Hub

AUCD's Health Reform Hubis an online gateway developed by AUCD to provide technical assistance and information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Be sure to check the "Related Links" section at the bottom of the Health Reform Hub!

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