HealthMeet® Training

Various training and educational activities will take place online and in person around the country to support HealthMeet® pilot sites, healthcare professionals, individuals with ID and their families/caregivers, direct service providers and medical students. Some of these activities relate directly to the implementation of HealthMeet® assessment events while others address issues related to improving barriers to care and/or provide more information on promoting the health and wellness of people with ID.

HealthMatters Train-the-Trainer Workshop: Becoming a Certified Trainer

Next Session:  December 3, 2014 outside of the Boston, MA area.  If you are in the Massachusetts area and interseted in attending or if you are a Chapter of The Arc and are interested in hosting another upcoming session, please contact Kerry Mauger at mauger@thearc.org for more information. 

Audience: Chapter Staff of The Arc and other disability organzations

Activity: HealthMattersTrain-the-Trainer Workshop is an evidence-based 6-hour training developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago that provides structured information on how to organize and start a tailored physical activity and health education program for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in community-based residential and day/vocational agencies.

Lead Organizations: The Arc national office, University of Illinois at Chicago

Certified Chapters of The Arc: The Arc of North Carolina, Achieva, The Arc of Massachusetts, The Arc San Francisco, The Arc of New Jersey, Arc of Quinebaug Valley, Stone Belt Arc, AHRC Nassau Country Arc, Advocacy Denver, Arc of Atlantic County, The Arc Gloucester, Gateway Services, Inc., SouthSTAR Services Illinois Chapter, The Arc of Illinois, The Arc of Bryan/College Station, The Arc of Katy, The Arc of San Antonio, The Arc of the Capital Area.

Other Certified Disability Organizations:  Rocky Mountain Human Services, Sertoma Centre, Inc., PACTT, Misericordia, Helping Hand Center, Glenkirk, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Clearbrook, Bethshan Association, ARCIL INC, D&S Community Services, Disability Resources, Inc., Marbridge Foundation, Mission Road Developmental Center, Mounting Horizons Inc., The Autism Treatment Center of Dallas, The Company of Rock House, Vaughn House, Inc., Breckenridge Village of Tyler.


Volunteer Trainings

Audience: Volunteer medical professionals who will conduct HealthMeet® assessments.

Activity: HealthMeet Health Assessment Volunteers play a key role in carrying out HealthMeet events. To assist these volunteers in conducting effective health assessments for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) we have developed a training video and assessment protocol guide. This training provides information on how to conduct assessments and how to effectively communicate with people with I/DD. This training aims to orient assessment volunteers to the health assessment process as well as to enhance general knowledge and abilities to work with people with I/DD.  

Lead organizations: The Arc national office, The Arc San Francisco

Resources: The Volunteer Training Video, the Health Assessment Protocol to be used during assessments and the Therap Database Introduction Video

HealthMeet Volunteer Training Video

HealthMeet Health Assessment Protocol

Introduction to HealthMeet Data Collection in Therap

So that we can improve the training and the experience of the HealthMeet health assessment volunteers in the future, please complete a HealthMeet Assessment Volunteer Feedback Form


Self-Advocacy Online

Audience: Individuals with ID

Activity: The University of Minnesota will continue to develop and deploy health promotion information through its accessible online education platform, Self-Advocacy Online. Four online modules relating to health, wellness and exercise have been added to the website through The HealthMeet project.  These lessons use accessible text, audio, pictures and short video clips to help the individual learn to live a healthier lifestyle.

These modules include:
Taking Care of Myself
My Exercise
Building My Relationships
A Healthy Plate

Lead organizations: University of Minnesota RTC


LEND Trainings

Audience: Medical students

Activity:  AUCD developed online training modules educating LEND and UCEDD trainees as well as other medical students about health promotion for individuals with ID as part of their existing LEND curriculum.

Module 1 -  Understanding Health and Health Promotion for People with ID is a case-based curriculum focusing on the adult phase of the life and healthcare for individuals with ID. 

Module 2  - Communication Skills - in the context of health and wellness. This module increases participants knowledge and skills about communicating with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) regarding written communication, people first language, technology and more.  

Please provide us with your input/feedback on both modules by filling out the Module 1 Survey and/or Module 2 Survey.  

Lead organization: AUCD


Educational Webinars

Audience: Medical professionals, individuals with ID, families and caregivers, direct service providers - open to anyone

Activity: Free and premium educational webinars featuring guest speakers on a wide variety of topics related to health promotion.

Please check the Events and Webinar Archive section tabs for upcoming and archived webinars.

Lead organization: The Arc national office