Mission & Vision

About the project

Twenty-two percent of Delawareans report having a disability that prevents them from doing things they want to do (BRFSS 2010). 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.

The 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 2009 the project staff and Advisory Council developed HDWD: A Plan for Action. A Strategic Plan for Delaware to Promote Health and Prevent Secondary Health Conditions in Individuals with Disabilities that will guide planning for and implementation of health related activities, programs, and services for individuals with disabilities in Delaware.

Our Mission

To 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.