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Allegan County Health Department (MI)


Background:

People with disabilities and disabled elder citizens of Allegan County face many obstacles in obtaining appropriate wellness education with an integrated approach to health. The Allegan County Health Department (ACHD) and its community partners conducted a pilot project to promote the health and well-being of people with disabilities funded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Project Activities:

For its curriculum, ACHD selected the Healthy Lifestyles program from the Oregon Health and Science University, Center on Community Accessibility.  ACHD is creating healthy lifestyle trainers and workshops to serve people with disabilities and disabled elder citizens of Allegan County and surrounding areas. With the network of new trainers, ACHD's health education and health promotion section coordinates seminars and monthly support groups throughout the county.

  • Train competent trainers in the Healthy Lifestyles curriculum.

  • Implement a Healthy Lifestyles workshop and support meetings for people with disabilities.

  • Support healthy lifestyles changes and practices for people with disabilities.

 
Technical Assistance Project:

NACCHO is currently offering technical assistance support to local health departments to improve their capacity to develop or enhance health promotion programs for people living with disabilities through coordination of existing health department and community services.

Allegan County Health Department is providing technical assistance to Nassau County Health Department, FL. For more information, visit: Nassau County Health Department.

Project Update:

Nassau County has a meeting scheduled in early January with their local ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) to discuss implementation of the Healthy Lifestyles curriculum at their facility. Allegan will provide technical assistance on implementing the curriculum.

For more information about Allegan County, please contact:
Kathy Yonkers-Wright, RDH, MS
Health Education and Health Promotion Section
Allegan County Health Department
Phone: (269) 686-4523
E-mail: kwright@allegancounty.org
Web Site: www.allegancounty.org