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:  TBD. If you are a Chapter of The Arc and are interested in hosting an upcoming session, please contact Kerry Mauger at 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.

Other Certified Disability Organizations:  Rocky Mountain Human Services, Sertoma Centre, Inc., PACTT, Misericordia, Helping Hand Center, Glenkirk, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Clearbrook, Bethshan Association

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. Two online modules relating to health, wellness and exercise have been added to the website through The HealthMeet project in the first year.  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, and  Building My Relationships

Lead organizations: University of Minnesota RTC

LEND Trainings

Audience: Medical students

Activity:  AUCD will develop an online training modules educating medical students about health promotion for individuals with ID as part of their existing LEND curriculum.

The first module Understanding Health and Health Promotion for People with ID is a case-based curriculum designed for LEND and UCEDD trainees to learn more about the adult phase of the life and healthcare for individuals with ID. 

Module 2  - coming late summer 2014!  It will revolve around communication and disability in the context of health and health care. 

Please provide your input/feedback on Module 1 by clicking here.  If you have recommended resources, links, training modules or have suggestions about what you would like to see included in module 2, please tell us in our survey.

Lead organization: AUCD

Educational Webinars

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

Activity: Free educational webinars featuring guest speakers on a wide variety of topics related to health promotion will be held every other week for the duration of the grant.

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

Lead organization: The Arc national office