North Dakota Disability Health Project

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University

Project Synopsis

In July 2007 the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) awarded funding to the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) to launch the ND Disability Health Project. The mission of the project is to promote the health and wellness of ND citizens with disabilities, and prevent or lessen the effects of secondary conditions associated with disabilities.

The core objectives of the project are to: (a) establish a state office on disability health within the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities located on the campus of Minot State University; (b) provide a system of statewide data collection, analysis and reporting on the health and wellness of ND citizens with disabilities; (c) develop a comprehensive strategic health plan that incorporates disability health issues into ongoing and new health initiatives across the state; (d) develop and implement collaborative activities in health promotion and marketing that includes persons with disabilities and their health needs, and (e) improve access to health care and wellness programs for persons with disabilities.

The project has formed a consumer-driven advisory council that reviews progress of the project activities, reviews data related to the health of people with disabilities, assists with development of the strategic plan, and provides recommendations for addressing issues related to the health and wellness of ND citizens with disabilities.

In year one of the project multiple quantitative data sources were analyzed and new qualitative data were gathered through focus groups and surveys to determine and prioritize health issues for people with disabilities. Based on analysis of the data, a strategic plan was drafted that will guide project activities for the remaining four years of the project. The goals and activities of the strategic plan focus on reducing health disparities between people with and without disabilities, specifically targeting the areas of obesity, diabetes, and tobacco use; ensuring people have accurate information on disability and health issues; and promoting communication, planning and implementation of health and disability related services across service systems.

The ND Disability Health Project will focus on providing North Dakotans with disabilities increased knowledge and access to services and information to make health decisions that will improve their overall health and wellness and minimize secondary health conditions. Health promotion activities include information dissemination, public service announcements, presentations, information booths, committee work, and staff training. In addition, The ND Disability Health Project will provide technical assistance to individuals, service providers, and others in the public and private health arena regarding issues that affect the health and wellness of people with disabilities.

The ND Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at Minot State University is the lead agency for promoting the health and wellness of people with disabilities. Key partnerships have been established with the ND Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease, and the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota. Connections have also been established with existing health-related state committees such as the Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity committee, Flu Workgroup, Tobacco Prevention and Control, and the ND Diabetes Coalition.

 Key Partners

  • The ND Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD)
  • ND Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease
  • Center for Rural Health, University of ND

Selected Presentations and Publications

  • ND Disability Health Project Strategic Plan, data reports, and other health promotional material. Visit the project website for links to these products.