January 2015 – NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability – Highlights from 2014

It was a year of achievements for the Division of Human Development & Disability (DHDD) in 2014 as staff worked to prevent disease and promote equity in health and development of children and adults with or at risk for disabilities. The most visible activity was development of CDC’s first Vital Signs™ on people with disabilities with a reach of about 138 million people, and with leadership from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), resulted in over 700 doctor pledges to talk to patients about physical activity.   DHDD also experienced success in supporting Healthy People 2020 by adding objectives specific to children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and adding objective measures for adults with disabilities. Additionally, DHDD co-hosted a near-CDC-record breaking Twitter chat on preparedness for people with disabilities, reaching over six million people.

DHDD further strengthened data and research for people with disabilities by launching a fourth update to the Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) and publishing additional research on health disparities. Milestone meetings were held with fragile X syndrome and muscular dystrophy programs and partners to support improved health outcomes. A series of Healthy Weight Issue briefs designed to address the factors that influence people with disabilities’ ability to maintain a healthy weight, including proper nutrition and physical activity, were developed.   DHDD’s work to make sure young children with ADHD receive recommended behavioral therapy treatment became one of three Strategic Health Initiatives (SHI) that have the potential to expand NCBDDD’s work and have significant public health impacts. Finally, the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) team engaged stakeholders through a peer review panel and grantee meeting to identify challenges and develop strategies to better demonstrate the impact of EHDI programs moving forward.

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