Accessible Health for All Workshops - Fall, 2018
People with disabilities are more likely to face barriers in health
care and wellness settings, which might include medical/dental offices,
fitness facilities, recreation facilities, and other community spaces.
This can be an overall contributing factor to poor health outcomes.
These barriers can involve physical ones (parking, doors, restrooms) and
communication (interpreters, complex written materials).
We held two training workshops to address Accessible Health on September 20 in Evansville and on October 18 in Indianapolis.
Evansville panelists discussed their health disparities experiences.
Disability and Health Work Group: Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes - August, 2018
At the August Disability and Health Work Group meeting, Laura Heinrich, the Director of the Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Section with the Indiana State Department of Health, met with members of the Disability and Health Work Group. Ms. Heinrich presented data on heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in Indiana. Members reviewed the goals and objectives from the "Better Together Plan: Indiana's First Plan to Addressing Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes," and discussed the health disparities facing Hoosiers with disabilities in terms of prevention, detection, and treatment of these chronic diseases.
Laura Heinrich speaks with the Disability and Health Work Group in August, 2018
Disability and Health Work Group: Cancer Consortium - May, 2018
At the May Disability and Health Work Group meeting, members learned about the work of the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) and the Indiana Cancer Control Plan, 2018-2020. The Indiana Cancer Consortium brings together various groups working to address cancer in the state. The Work Group provided ICC with data and insights about health disparities for people with disabilities.
ArtsWORK Indiana Retirement - February 1, 2018After
a 10-year run, the ArtsWORK Indiana website ended its internet
presence on February 1, 2018. There were no longer funds available to
maintain it. The website had served as a free, comprehensive source of
information about Indiana artists with disabilities and had posted
resources to help arts workers of all disciplines with their career
development. For many years, Featured Artists were profiled on the site,
mostly Hoosiers with disabilities.
The website was administered and updated by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University from its inception. First launched in 2008, the development of the site was partially supported by a federal grant from the National Arts and Disability Center. In 2009, the National Arts Accessibility Leadership Award was given to the Indiana Arts Commission in recognition of the website and ArtsWORK's other achievements. The site was renovated in 2011 with funds from the Indiana Arts Commission, an ArtsWORK partner organization along with the IIDC and Art Mix (then VSA Arts of Indiana).
The ArtsWORK Update newsletter and ArtsWORK Indiana Facebook page have also been discontinued. Individuals with online directory listings as well as newsletter subscribers received email notification well in advance of the site's removal.
Disability and Health Task Force - August 25, 2017
Lewis E. Kraus, MPH, MCP, of the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute presented a webinar on using the American Community Survey
for local disability statistics for and on behalf of our Indiana
Disability and Health Task Force on August 25,
2017. You can view the archived webinar on how health organizations can utilize publicly
available disability statistics in their local planning efforts here.
Disability and Health Task Force - June 30, 2017
Margarita Hart, president of the Indiana Community Health Workers Association
(above), provided an overview of the association and the role of
community health workers in the state for the Indiana Disability and
Health Task Force on June 30, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Indiana State Department of Health sponsors our work with the Task Force.