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Center for Disabilities Studies: Health and Wellness: Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities

Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities


In 2007, the Center for Disabilities Studies was awarded funding for a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) to promote health and prevent secondary health conditions in Delawareans with disabilities.

The Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities (HDWD) initiative develops and implements various health initiatives and health promotion activities in collaboration with state and community partners; analyzes data related to health and disabilities; raises awareness about health and wellness issues encountered by individuals with disabilities; works to improve access to and inclusion in health care and wellness activities; and provides technical assistance to state and community agencies about health and disability-related issues.

HDWD’s Advisory Council represents many of Delaware’s state and community agencies and some of Delaware’s hospitals serving Delawareans with disabilities and special health care needs. Advisory Council meetings are held quarterly and members provide input into program activities, provide feedback on initiatives, and collaborate on addressing the health and wellness needs of Delawareans with disabilities.


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Eileen Sparling