About HealthMeet®

People with Disabilities Experience Health Disparities

Disability Professional and clientAccording to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults with any disability experience three times the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer as compared to the general population. The term ‘health disparity’ is used to describe such differences in the health status between different groups of people.

In 2002 the Surgeon General issued a report highlighting health disparities between individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) and their peers without disabilities. More recent studies have reported that these differences continue to persist since the initial report was released over 10 years ago. These include a lack of access to health care, an absence of healthy foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, and deficiencies in exercise and wellness activities. Research shows that 5% of adults with ID report overall poor health, a marked difference as compared to the 1% of adults without disabilities answering the same question.[1]


HealthMeet Reduces Disparities through Health Promotion

HealthMeet reduces health disparities and increases the quality of life for people with ID by providing free community-based health assessments, individualized recommendations for follow-up care, and exercise and nutrition programs. HealthMeet also provides training and resources for individuals with ID, their families, direct service professionals, health care providers, and nursing and medical students as well as raises public awareness of health issues that impact people with ID.

More information on project activities and outcomes can be found on our reports, toolkits, and fact sheets page, and a complete list of collaborators is available on our partners page.

HealthMeet® is a project of The Arc and was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 6NU59DD00093-03-02 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from August 2012 – December 2016. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information about HealthMeet, contact Kerry Mauger at mauger@thearc.org.

Havercamp, S.M. and Scott, H.M. (2014). National surveillance of adults with disabilities, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and adults with no disabilities. Disability and Health Journal 8(2), 165–172.