Public Health Resource and Information Centers


Public Health Resource and Information Centers (formerly known as Resource Centers of Excellence) are funded by the Disability and Health Branch, Division of Human Development and Disability, NCBDDD, CDC


American Association on Health and Disability

The Health Promotion Resource Center (HPRC) is maintained by the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) through a subcontract under the AUCD-NCBDDD Cooperative Agreement. The HPRC is a comprehensive clearinghouse specifically dedicated to health promotion and wellness information for people with disabilities. The HPRC includes Best Practices, Research Abstracts, Compendiums, Fact Sheets, Publications, and further links on Primary Disabling Conditions, Secondary Conditions, Health Promotion Topics, Health Promotion Curricula, Disability Links, etc. The HPRC is a valuable tool to NCBDDD, Disability and Health Branch, state grantees, researchers, healthcare providers, disability professionals and consumers in the disability and health field.


Amputee Coalition of America's Limb Loss Information Center

The Amputee Coalition of America's Limb Loss Information Center‘s goal is to reach out to people with limb loss and to empower them through education, support and advocacy. The ACA:

  • develops and distributes educational resources, booklets, video tapes, and fact sheets to enhance the knowledge and coping skills of people affected by amputation or congenital limb deficiencies
  • acts as a source of comprehensive information regarding amputation and rehabilitation
  • provides technical help, resources and training for local amputee educational and support organizations
  • publishes inMotion, a magazine that comprehensively addresses areas of interest and concern to amputees and those who care for and about them
  • provides a toll-free hotline for answers and resources for people who have experienced the loss of a limb and those involved with their lives
  • advocates for the rights of people with limb loss: this includes access to, and delivery of, information, quality care, appropriate devices, reimbursement, and the services required to lead empowered lives
  • promotes full implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other legislation which guarantees full participation in society for all people, regardless of disability
  • sensitizes professionals, the general public and policy makers to the issues, needs and concerns of amputees
  • conducts programs for its members, professionals, and the general public to educate them regarding the physical, emotional, technological, and other issues involving amputees

Visit The Amputee Coalition of America's Limb Loss Information Center.


The Arc- HealthMeet

HealthMeet is a project of The Arc funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that works to reduce health disparities and increase the longevity and quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. To achieve this goal, HealthMeet advances layers of solutions to address the multiple barriers to quality health care that create disparities. HealthMeet provides free community-based health screenings and individualized referrals for individuals with I/DD, and gathers data to help the medical and disability communities better understand areas of disparity. The program offers in-person and online training and education to individuals with disabilities, their families, direct service professionals, medical providers, and medical students, and raises public awareness of health issues that impact people with I/DD across the country.

For more information about the program and to see our calendar and information resources, visit The Arc's Programs and Services page.



Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health and well-being of people living with a spinal cord injury, mobility impairment and paralysis by providing comprehensive information, resources and referral services. The PRC provides a comprehensive, national source of information for people living with paralysis and their caregivers to promote health, foster involvement in the community and improve quality of life. A variety of media tools and services are offered including:

  •, the internet portal to connect to the paralysis universe.
  • Information Specialists to answer questions in English or Spanish on paralysis-related issues These trained specialists research and answer queries ranging from finding rehabilitation facilities to deciphering insurance issues to locating a local wheelchair tennis camp or a caregiver support group, and everything in between.
  • National Clearinghouse Library of paralysis-related publications available for free loan through interlibrary loan programs. The comprehensive lending library houses materials from all over the United States, covering every conceivable topic related to paralysis.

This information is also available electronically through the website:

  • Paralysis Resource Guide (PRG) a comprehensive guide to paralysis-related topics
  • Real-Time Translation to translate and answer phone queries or e-mail in 50 foreign languages
  • Issue-Specific Educational and Training Materials in various formats
  • Short Video Programs covering a variety of paralysis-related topics

Visit The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center.


National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability's primary focus is to improve health, wellness, and quality of life for people with disabilities by promoting and facilitating increased participation in physical activity and recreation. The proposed center will feature a proven and effective online health promotion resource center supplemented by personalized services fully accessible to people with disabilities. The center will exploit proven and emerging information technologies to promote greater access to opportunities for beneficial physical activity, increase participation in structured and unstructured physical activity programs, higher rates of adherence to regular physical activity, and greater awareness of the health and function benefits people with disabilities can attain from healthful nutrition and physical activity programs.

The center will continue to partner with CDC's Disability and Health Branch and has expanded its collaborative network to several major organizations. These include the American College of Sports Medicine, American Physical Therapy Association, American Therapeutic Recreation Association, YMCA of the USA, Inclusive Fitness Coalition, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, US Paralympics, Arc of US, and Spina Bifida Association of America.

For more information, visit the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability website.


Special Olympics Healthy Athletes

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes is designed to help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved well-being. During a Healthy Athletes event, Special Olympics athletes receive a variety of health screenings and services in a series of clinics conducted in a welcoming, fun environment. Volunteer health care professionals and students are trained to provide the screenings in an effort to educate the professional community about the health needs and abilities of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Healthy Athletes provides seven different free health screenings at local, State/Provincial, National and World Games. The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Initiative includes these disciplines: Fit Feet, FUNfitness, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes®. MedFest and Special Smiles®. Special Olympics Healthy Athletes continues to expand rapidly around the globe and currently screens athletes in more than 100 Special Olympics Programs around the world.

Visit the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Website


Spina Bifida Association

The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of Spina Bifida.  Since 1973, SBA has been the only national voluntary health agency solely dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect.  Its tools are education, advocacy, research, and service.

Through its network of chapters, SBA has a presence in more than 125 communities nationwide and touches thousands of people each year.  Lives are changed by the programs SBA has created, the services the organization provides, and the accomplishments of its advocacy efforts.

Visit the Spina Bifida Association Website.