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Adams County receives national funding to create Disability Inclusive Healthy Communities

The Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition (ACHWC) recently received the news that they have been awarded a grant from The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to build healthy communities specifically designed to include people with disabilities. According to Leeann Puckett, ACHWC Chairperson, Adams County was one of only two counties in Ohio, and one in ten, nationally, to be selected for this project.

The five selected states and 10 local communities are:

-Iowa (Carroll County and Sioux City);

-Montana (Butte and Helena);

-New York (Cattaraugus County and Syracuse);

-Ohio (Adams County and Marion County); and

-Oregon (Benton County and Umatilla County).

The project, titled “Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities,” seeks state and community collaboration to accelerate disability inclusion policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) improvements that will increase opportunities for healthy eating, physical activity and the prevention of tobacco use for people living with disabilities. The project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division Human Development and Disability, Disability and Health Branch and will be led by NACDD.

Through her association with the Ohio Department of Health, Debbie Ryan, the Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Coordinator, was contacted by NACDD officials to complete a competitive funding request to participate in the project. Ms. Ryan reported, “Because of the extensive work the ACHWC has done in the County to promote health and wellness, and the many inclusion efforts already in place through the Adams County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Adams County has a proven history of collaboration and project completion which is why we were approached to submit a request.” The Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition operates under the fiscal umbrella of the Adams County Medical Foundation.

The Adams County project, which will be led by Lavonne McCoy, RN, and Liz Lafferty, Adult Services Director at Venture Productions, Inc., will consist of five phases complete with training opportunities, community assessment, and action planning. Ms. McCoy and Ms. Lafferty recently received training at Lakeshore Foundation’s Paralympic U.S. Training Center in Birmingham, Ala., from some of the nation’s leading experts in Healthy Communities and Disabilities and Health.

“Making states and communities healthier by promoting healthy behaviors, access, and opportunity for all people to eat well, be physically active, and abstain from use of tobacco products has always been a core philosophy of NACDD,” said John Robitscher, NACDD Chief Executive Officer.

The ACHWC is thrilled to expand their health and wellness reach into the community to assist all Adams County residents with disabilities access to opportunities that will improve their wellness efforts.

For more information about this project, please contact Debbie Ryan (ryan.debbie@ymail.com) or Karma Edwards (kedwards@chronicdisease.org). For more information about NACDD, please visit www.ChronicDisease.org.

Pictured are members of the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition who are working with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to build healthy communities specifically designed to include people with disabilities. They are, from left, Liz Lafferty, Adult Services Director at Venture Productions, Inc., Debbie Ryan, Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Coordinator, Lavonne McCoy, RN, Venture Productions, Inc., Sherry Stout, Director, Adams County Medical Foundation, and Leeann Puckett, GE-Peebles Test Operation and Chair, Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Grant.jpgPictured are members of the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition who are working with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to build healthy communities specifically designed to include people with disabilities. They are, from left, Liz Lafferty, Adult Services Director at Venture Productions, Inc., Debbie Ryan, Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Coordinator, Lavonne McCoy, RN, Venture Productions, Inc., Sherry Stout, Director, Adams County Medical Foundation, and Leeann Puckett, GE-Peebles Test Operation and Chair, Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition. Submitted photo

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