The Health and Disability Program, MA Department of Public Health

ma_dept_public_health_seal At the Whole Community Preparedness Summit, planned for May 22, 2013 in Amherst, MA,  Bridget Landers, Rachel Tanenhaus and Ashley Martinez of the Health and Disability Program (HDP) will help attendees gain a better understanding of how to meet the needs everyone during a disaster event. Together with Alfred Fraunfelder of ESRI GIS Mapping Services they will be presenting a break out session that will focus on aspects such as how to use GIS and census data to map the demographics of a community; and how accessible information can be provided before, during and after a disaster to people with disabilities.

What is HDP?

The Health and Disability Program became a part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Office of Health Equity (OHE) less than a year ago, in July 2012. HDP is funded by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant titled: Improving the Health of People with Disabilities through State-based Programs. Placing the disability initiative in the Office of Health Equity was done to assure optimal visibility and influence for the work, as well as to connect the initiative to the broader effort to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity statewide.

US-CDC-LogoThe Office of Health Equity supports the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services and is working to elevate disability concerns as a key element of cultural competency. In 1989, the MDPH Health and Disability Program became a grantee of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disability, CDC. HDP continues to champion the public health needs of people with disabilities living in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and provides leadership in promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities across their lifespan through policy and systems changes.

Come see what they have to say!

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