About HDWD

Children with special healthcare need dental providersTwenty percent (19.7%) of Delawareans report having a disability that prevents them from doing things they want to do (BRFSS 2012). For some people with disabilities, getting quality health care is not always within reach. If you have a disability or care for a person with a disability, you may face barriers to: getting primary health care, or access to dental check-ups or preventive screenings such as a mammogram, colonoscopy, pap smears or prostate exams, or creating an accessible exercise routine, or getting nutrition information that is suited for you.

Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities (HDWD) is charged with working to improve the health status of people with disabilities in Delaware. The project is a cooperative agreement between the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) at the University of Delaware (UD), and a partnership with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. This program focuses on improving the health of Delawareans with disabilities through state-based public health programs. In 2015, a collaboration of stakeholders released the Plan to Achieve Health Equity for Delawareans with Disabilities. This plan is a roadmap for system change to ensure access and positive health outcomes for individuals with disabilities in Delaware.

 

Our Mission

Through collaborative partnerships, act as a catalyst for systems change to make health & wellness programs more accessible and inclusive.

Our Vision

All individuals with disabilities in Delaware will live active and healthy lives and will have the resources, supports, programs, and services necessary to do so.

Areas of Expertise

System
 Change

We
 create
 system‐level 
change 
through 
active 
participation 
on
 state‐wide 
councils, 
committees, 
and
 workgroups 
that 
address 
health 
and 
disability
 issues
 and
 the
 implementation 
of
 the 
goals 
and
 objectives
 of
 the
 Plan 
to
 Achieve Health 
Equity
 for 
Delawareans
 with 
Disabilities. 
Read 
the 
plan
 online
 or
 contact
 HDWD
 for
 a
 copy
 of 
the
 plan.

Technical 
Assistance

We 
provide 
technical 
assistance 
to 
healthcare
 and
 fitness 
providers
 to 
improve 
accessibility
 and
 inclusion
 of individuals 
with
 disabilities.

Education
 and
 Training

We
 educate,
 share 
resources 
and 
information, 
and
 raise 
awareness
 about
 health 
topics
 through 
HDWD’s
 interactive
 website 
www.gohdwd.org
 and 
email
 newsletters 
to
 individuals 
with
 disabilities,
 family 
members, professionals,
 policymakers, 
and
 legislators.

  • Cultural 
competency 
(Disability 
101)
  • Effective
 Communication
  • Maximizing 
Access:
 Smart 
Choices 
in 
Equipment 
and 
Facility
 Design
  • Inclusive 
Health
 Promotion

Research
 and 
Policy

We
 compile
 data 
and 
provide
 analysis 
of
 issues
 that 
relate
 to
 disability 
and
 health
 in
 Delaware. 
Read
 The Current 
Landscape
 for
 Disability 
and
 Health 
in 
Delaware: 
Public 
Health
 Assessment
 Report
 Summary
 2015.

Additional
 Focus 
Areas

  • Inclusive 
emergency
 preparedness
  • Healthcare
 transition
 for
 young
 adults
  • Accessible 
recreation
 and
 fitness
  • Oral 
health
 best 
practices 
tool 
kit 
for
 residential 
facilities

Funding

The HDWD project is supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number DD000953‐02 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 (CDC),
 National 
Center
 on 
Birth
 Defects
 and
 Developmental
 Disabilities
 (NCBDDD).