Just Released - Responsive Practice: Providing Health Care & Screenings to Individuals with Disabilities (NH UCEDD/LEND)

May 1, 2018

The New Hampshire Disability and Public Health (DPH) project's Responsive Practice training is now available online, on-demand, and is free for a limited time.  Responsive Practice enhances health care providers' ability to deliver disability-competent care that is accessible to people with intellectual, mobility, and other disabilities.

"Responsive Practice builds on knowledge that providers already have and identifies opportunities to maximize wellness for individuals with disabilities," explains Kimberly Phillips, DPH Principal Investigator and co-author of the training.  "The great thing about this training is that it is not only applicable to people with disabilities - a Responsive Practice is person-centered and inclusive for all patients, including patients with disabilities."

Dr. Lisa Plotnik, an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics provider at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, consulted on the training and appears throughout it offering information and expert advice for colleagues in the health care field.  Dr. Plotnik says, "Having this training will help both providers and office staff be better able to work with patients with disabilities - whether that's a visible disability or a learning or communication issue.  It offers a good background in how to meet the needs of current patients as well as accommodate new patients, which is key as the population expands to include more people with disabilities, both acquired and congenital."

The training is eligible for continuing education and continuing medical education credits.  Learn more and register for the training at www.ResponsivePractice.org or by contacting the project at [email protected].

The NH Disability & Public Health Project (DPH), funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement number 1NU27DD000007, is a collaboration between the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire and the NH Division of Public Health Services. The project goal is to improve the health and quality of life of people with disabilities in NH by developing and strengthening the capacity of the state's public health programs and initiatives to be accessible to and include people with intellectual disabilities and mobility limitations. The contents of this press release and the training it describes are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. Its mission is to promote full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons by strengthening communities and advancing policy and systems change, promising practices, education, and research.