HealthMeet® is a project of The Arc and is supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 6NU59DD00093-03-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a grant award of $667,000.

HealthMeet® leverages its national network of more than 700 Chapters, national disability organizations, public health systems, health professionals, university systems, and other key stakeholders to reduce health disparities and increase the longevity and quality of life for people with intellectual disability (ID) by providing free community-based health assessments and individualized recommendations for follow-up care. Assessments will focus on general health and body composition, vision, hearing, oral health, foot care, respiratory health, mental health and lifestyle factors such as diet and nutrition, physical activity, substance use, and access to health care.

HealthMeet® will also provide training and education for individuals, their families, direct service professionals, medical providers, and medical students and will raise public awareness of health issues that impact people with intellectual disability across the country.

Find out more about HealthMeet's services and why it's needed.

RRTCDD Webinars

RRTCDDThe Arc’s HealthMeet project is proud to partner with the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD). Over the past 20 years, RRTCDD has made significant contributions to advance research and practice across the lifespan for people and intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Join the RRTCDD team for a monthly webinar series on disability and health related topics. We hope these webinars will provide useful information and strategies to improve health and community participation among people with IDD.

All Webinars will start at 2pm CST (3pm EST) and will last 60 minutes long.

This project is funded through Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD), United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Grant # 90RT5020-01-00. 

The Experience of and Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Families in Managed Health Care: Lessons Learned

February 18, 2016
Tamar Heller PhD and Randall Owen PhD
With the growth of managed health care across the country for people with disabilities on Medicaid it is important to assess the experiences and outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This webinar will present results from a four year evaluation of an integrated care program in which people transferred from fee–for-service Medicaid to managed health care. It will include innovative ways to assess the views of people with IDD regarding their health and healthcare, outcomes of the transition, and  strategies resulting in better health care outcomes. Lessons learned will address the role of continuity of care, care coordination, consumer choice, and family involvement in meeting the health care needs of people with IDD and ways to improve these aspects.

Register here: Managed Health Care: Lessons Learned

Health Care Costs for Americans with IDD: A National Analysis of Access and Spending 2002-2011 Based on the MEPS/NHIS

March 17, 2016
Glenn Fujiura PhD
A summary of a nationally representative analysis of US data on the health care expenditures of Americans with IDD will be presented. Costs were derived from 10 years of linked data using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and the National Health Interviewer Survey (NHIS). Data implications are discussed in terms of changes in the health care insurance markets, movement to managed care, and health service priorities for Americans with IDD

Register here: Health Care Costs for Americans with IDD

Falls Among Adults with IDD and Prevention

April, 21, 2016
Kelly Hsieh PhD
In this presentation, we will give an overview of the fall-related studies in adults with IDD. Findings of our Longitudinal Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Study (LHIDDS) on the prevalence of falls and the associated factors for falls in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be presented. Comparisons between our findings and other studies will be examined. Implications and fall prevention strategies will be further discussed.   

Register here: Falls Among Adults with IDD and Prevention

A Telehealth Weight Management System for Adults with Intellectual Disability

May 19, 2016
im Rimmer PhD, Charleton Rivers MS, RDN, LD, and Justin D. Gentry
POWERS (Personalized Online Weight and Exercise Response System) platform is a novel, multifocal-centered tailored intervention utilizing an innovative online tool designed to facilitate improvements in physical activity and nutritional behaviors. POWERSforID is a customized platform for obese individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) and their caregivers. The POWERSforID intervention was designed to achieve weight loss and improve specific health markers while respecting and supporting the needs of the participants with ID as well as their caregivers.

Register here: Telehealth Weight Management System

HealthMatters Program Scale-Up: Multi-State Systematic Approach

June 16, 2016
Jasmina Sisirak PhD, MPH and Beth Marks PhD, RN
HealthMatters Scale Up is a unique health promotion research Initiative aimed at improving health and health promotion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout the states of Alaska, Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri. During the webinar we will present key elements of a community academic partnerships with provider organizations, the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), and the University of Illinois at Chicago HealthMatters Program Team. The goal of the Initiative is to assist provider organizations to developing a comprehensive health promotion programming plan aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles of people with IDD and their paid caregivers. We will discuss the preliminary results related to the training, implementation, and process evaluation of the Initiative.

Register here: HealthMatters Program Scale-Up

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Contact us for more information about HealthMeet®

Karen Wolf-Branigin, Senior Executive Officer, National Initiatives
Liz Mahar, Program Manager, Individual & Family Support
Kerry Mauger, Training Coordinator
Jennifer Sladen, Program Manager, National Initiatives
Casey Nitsch, Proposal Manager
Katherine Murphy,  Business Development Assistant
Max Daniel, Program Associate 

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In addition to The Arc's work with HealthMeet®, we are involved in several additional initiatives which may be of interest to you.

*HealthMeet collaborates with other organizations and professionals to deliver webinars and written materials. Points of view or opinions, therefore, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the HealthMeet project or The Arc of The United States. Every effort is made to provide accurate and current information. However, due to updating cycles and the nature of the resources offered, some errors or outdated information may occur. Users of this website have the responsibility to verify the accuracy, currency and completeness of the information contained.