California's Living Healthy with a Disability Program, 2007-2012
The Living Healthy with a Disability (LDH) implementation project builds on the strategic plan created in 2005, Universal Livability: A Dream for Tomorrow, A Plan for Today, California 2005-10 (Word, 132 KB). In this capacity the LDH Unit serves as a statewide catalyst, using collaborative leadership to affect environmental and policy changes.
The Implementation Project, under the auspices of the strategic plan, is charged to build capacity to: 1) sustain and enhance visibility of disability issues within the California Department of Public Health; 2) strengthen university partnerships; 3) update the Strategic Plan to meet the dynamic needs of the disability community; 4) guide policy and practice; 5) refine public health surveillance, and; 5) evaluate program effectiveness. Activities are done in concert with efforts of colleagues in other public health programs, sister state agencies, the Living Healthy Advisory Committee member organizations, as well as a number of public and private universities and other interested entities.
Specific action items include: 1) working with the Living Healthy Advisory Committee to update the strategic plan to focus on newest priority issues; 2) working with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), to ensure that surveys include the participation of people with all types of disabilities as respondents; 3) increasing state government web accessibility; 4) integrating health risk appraisal into Medicaid and other managed care health plans, and; 5) work with local constituencies to influence land use and transportation decisions that enhance the ability of people with disabilities to move about more easily in their communities.
CDC also funded California to implement a specialized program: Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals. This module addresses; 1) changing nursing practice by integrating a disability-focused curriculum into schools for nursing and other allied health professionals; 2) imbedding oral health care for people with disabilities into the nursing curriculum, and; 3) increasing the knowledge and comfort of oral health professionals in providing preventive treatment services for people with disabilities.