Health

Many people with disabilities experience significant disparities in health when compared to people without disabilities. HDI efforts seek to address this through research, training, capacity building, and advocacy at the individual, community and systems level. For more information, contact: Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones.


Projects

Asthma Education

In partnership with the Kentucky Asthma Management Program at the Kentucky Department for Public Health, ...

Bingocize®

Bingocize® is an engaging international health program infusing exercise, health education, and the game of ...

Community Health Workers

Community health workers (CHWs) support people and communities across Kentucky to access resources, including quality ...

Disseminating PCORI Results about Disabilities to African American and Hispanic Expectant Parents

This project will focus on building capacity tor the dissemination at Patient Centered Outcome Research ...

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)

The Human Development Institute (HDI), Kentucky’s University Center on Disability, is administrator for a five-year ...

Lettercase

As the nation's clearinghouse & comprehensive training center for sharing accurate, balanced, and up-to-date information ...

Merge Project

The Merge project will strengthen the existing training framework serving Kentuckians with co-occurring mental health, ...

Preservice Health Training Project

The Human Development Institute has developed, in collaboration with families, consumers, and medical, nursing, and ...

Project Supporting Children of the OPioid Epidemic (Project SCOPE)

Project SCOPE is a nationwide initiative to train interdisciplinary teams in high priority states on ...

RETAIN Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment, University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, and other committed ...

Special Olympics Kentucky’s Healthy Athletes Program

Special Olympics International began the Healthy Athletes Initiative in 1997 with the mission is to ...

Women’s Health & Disability

In partnership with the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program, this project is working to improve ...

Products

Dr. Lindsay Ragsdale shares how to help ease the concerns of parents and children getting COVID-19 vaccines by creating a space that is welcoming and fun. She gives parents ideas for how to learn more about the vaccines and comfort their children, and she gives other doctors ideas for how to create a welcoming environment for kids, including those with disabilities.
The Kentucky Disability and Public Health in Higher Education Project focuses on building leadership opportunities, developing content, and information sharing for students with disabilities and students in public health. Watch this video to learn more.
This document provides tips for working effectively with ASL Interpreters in a presentation setting.
An overview of medical discrimination and healthcare inequities experienced by people with disabilities. Goals and objectives for the newly established Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities will be presented along with the Center’s five areas of focus: Prenatal diagnosis of disability, suicidality among people with disabilities, aging and end-of life care with a disability, discrimination in organ transplantation, and COVID-19 response related to the disability community. Seemingly diverse, these areas of focus share the same emphasis on addressing the bias and stigma about disability that results in poor health outcomes for the disabled community.
The purpose of this guide is to increase awareness of recreation opportunities for individuals of all abilities across Kentucky, as well as general resources that serve people across the nation. This guide is updated frequently as new opportunities become available across the state.
Join Morgan Turner, Health Education Specialist of the Inclusive Health & Wellness Initiative for the video series Morgan’s Musings. In this informational series, Morgan interviews self-advocates, professionals, and family members of individuals with disabilities to gain a unique insight into their perspective and experience. Topics focus on leadership, self-advocacy, and disability as they relate to health.
Project CHEER worked with a team of self-advocates in partnership with Disability Don’t Mean Can’t, a fitness and motivational resource developed by Kentucky native, Michael Carter, to create a comic book called Busting Down Barriers! The storyline was developed in collaboration with the real-life characters. The easy to read comic addresses different areas of health including how to be a strong self-advocate, access to healthy resources and how to achieve personal health goals. The comic is available in both print copies and an online video.
Fact sheet on opioid use and disability, using national and Kentucky statistics.
2019 National Core Indicators KY health data. This file includes health resources in Kentucky.
This manual was designed primarily for use by people with disabilities. We hope that it is also useful for families, as well as service coordinators and providers who directly assist families and individuals with disabilities. https://resources.hdiuky.org/

News

Addressing Ableism in Anesthesiology to Support Diverse Patients with Disabilities

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Practitioners working in the UK Healthcare Department of Anestheshiology believe it is crucial to recognize and dismantle ableism—the discriminatory attitudes and practices against people with ...

Medical outreach in action!

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Stephanie Meredith is going to be busy soon. Meredith, HDI’s Medical Outreach Director, has been invited to be a part of several medical conferences in ...

HDI Staff Spotlight on Adam Potter

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For much of his college career, Adam Potter struggled to find the right path. Despite being an avid musician, he didn’t feel like his initial ...
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