October 2010

#2 October 2010

Brought to you by: The Florida Office on Disability & Health http://fodh.phhp.ufl.edu

“Accessibility for All”

Florida Office on Disability & Health

The Florida Office on Disability and Health (FODH) was created in 2007 through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The mission of FODH is to maximize the health, well-being, participation, & quality of life, throughout the lifespan of all Floridians & their families living with disability.

The Right to Know

October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a busy month for the Florida Right To Know campaign, which promotes breast cancer screening for women living with disabilities. The core campaign materials were developed by the CDC to reach women with physical disabilities and include posters, tip sheets, flyers, advertisements/PSAs, and audio recordings. We also purchased, transcribed and developed additional materials to reach women living with other disabilities with the important message of regular breast cancer screening. The campaign has been disseminated throughout the entire state  by issuing press releases, placing campaign PSAs in major newspapers, and forging strong partnerships with Centers for Independent Living, Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Programs (within county health departments), Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and several disability related organizations. These partners  are reaching women with disabilities with the health promotion materials through various events and activities. Some of our more recent activities include: holding educational sessions at 2 CILs in September and October, and attending several ADA events this summer where we distributed the materials and provided education information. The free campaign materials, available in English, Spanish and Creole, are downloadable from our website at: www.rtk.phhp.ufl.edu. Please contact Eva Egensteiner if you have any questions, suggestions or requests at: 352-273-5102, eegenst@phhp.ufl.edu.

Partner Highlight: Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

AUCD provides technical assistance for all 16 disability and health state grantees including Florida and the Florida Office on Disability and Health. Their mission as a network of interdisciplinary centers is to advance policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. They provide valuable resources and information to all funded states and we encourage you to visit their website for more information. http://www.aucd.org/template/index.cfm

AUCD’s Health Reform Hub

The Hub is an online gateway developed by AUCD to provide technical assistance and information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including summaries of the major components of the law, recent funding announcements, and an explanation of regulations and provisions. To learn about these and more please visit: http://www.aucd.org/projects/health_reform/

Please visit our website at http://fodh.phhp.ufl.edu for Florida data, links to national resources about disability and health, and more!

For questions on this Bulletin contact ctamayo@phhp.ufl.edu