OODH Healthy Lifestyles Program Development

Program Development

The curriculum for the Healthy Lifestyles for People with Disabilities program was developed in 1998 with funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Development Disabilities, by and for people with disabilities.  Using a "Participatory Action Research" approach, a work group of professionals with and without disabilities from the OHSU Institute on Development & Disability (IDD) worked in partnership with many Oregonians with disabilities to develop the Healthy Lifestyle curriculum and workshop. 

In 2001, the Oregon Office on Disability and Health, a program of the IDD, received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the HL program state wide.  The funding from the CDC has been constant since 2001 and still funds the program today.

In 2002, the Center on Community Accessibility, also a program of OIDD, received funding for a three year grant, the Healthy Lifestyles Evaluation Project, from the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The purpose of the project was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Healthy Lifestyles for People with Disabilities curriculum.  The research results were very positive and thus the Healthy Lifestyles curriculum became an evidence based intervention.