According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (2016), one in five Americans lives with a mental health condition. In North Dakota, people with disabilities are nearly three times more likely to have some form of depression compared to people without disabilities and are more likely to have their usual activities limited by their mental health (ND Disability Health II project, 2016). While steps are being taken to increase access to mental health services and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, work still needs to be done. Learn more at www.nami.org.
Get to know our Disability Health staff! This month, we'd like to introduce you to Ms. Korie Huettl! Read more here.
Spring is in the air. The weather is improving, it's getting warmer, and summer is just around the corner. It is the perfect time to start thinking about gardening. Check out our blog on accessible gardening! Read more here.
New Tool! Disaster Preparedness
This module covers considerations for people with disabilities on what to do before, during and after an emergency. It is intended to be used by an individual supports someone with a disability or for an instructor teaching independent living skills. The module features discussion around home fires, floods, snowstorms and blizzards, tornadoes, and train derailments. The module also includes self-check questions for the facilitator and a pre/post test for the learner. Disaster Preparedness Module, PDF format
This module will be discussed in an upcoming webinar on Wednesday, May 11th. For webinar details, visit https://event-msu.webex.com/event-msu/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee8dffef2baf5ec180eed166e578fd236.
The North Dakota Disability Health II Project focuses on issues related to health promotion, health care access, and emergency preparedness for people with disabilities in North Dakota. We provide technical assistance, training and information on these issues.
- Enhance program infrastructure and capacity
- Improve state level surveillance and monitoring activities
- Increase awareness of health-related disability policy initiatives
- Increase health promotion opportunities for people with disabilities to maximize health
- Improve access to health care for people with disabilities
- Improve emergency preparedness among people with disabilities
- Effectively monitor and evaluate program activities
The ND Disability Health Project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a cooperative agreement (5U59DD000950-05) to the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University. Opinions or information expressed here are those of the project staff and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the CDC.