About Us

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health is a public health entity under the Institute on Development and Disability at Oregon Health and Science University and the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon Office on Disability and Health has been funded since 1994 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our mission at Oregon Office on Disability and Health is to promote the health and wellness of Oregonians with disabilities through public health surveillance, health promotion, training, education, community engagement activities, policy development and recommendations, and dissemination of materials and information.

We envision a future that is accessible, welcoming, and inclusive of all Oregonians with disabilities. This vision extends beyond the individuals and their families to benefit entire communities.

Our work is guided by values of acceptance, appreciation, and regard for the diversity of the human experience.

Goals
During 2017-2021 funding cycle,the goals of Oregon Office on Disability and Health are to promote and maximize health, prevent chronic disease, improve access to health care, and increase the quality of life among the approximately 900,000 people with disabilities in Oregon. 

Current target areas of Oregon Office on Disability and Health:

  • Enhance Oregon Office on Disability and Health and State program Infrastructure and Capacity
  • Improve Oregon Surveillance and Monitoring Activities
  • Increase Awareness of Health-related Disability Policy Initiatives in Oregon
  • Increase Health Promotion Opportunities for Oregonians with Disabilities
  • Improve Access to Health Care for Oregonians with Disabilities
  • Improve Disability Access and Inclusivity within Oregon's Communities through Programs, Policy, Systems and Environmental Changes
  • Effectively Monitor and Evaluate Oregon Office on Disability and Health Program Activities

Specific activities of Oregon Office on Disability and Health include:

  1. Conducting Healthy Lifestyles Train-the-Trainer events to increase the number of Healthy Lifestyles facilitators who implement the Healthy Lifestyles Program (an evidence-based health promotion program providing people with disabilities with the knowledge and skills to live a healthy life).
  2. Implementing the "Community Health Inclusion Index", a community assessment and inclusionary tool developed by the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability to improve policy, system, or environmental changes for Oregonians with disabilities.
  3. Working with community-based organizations to assess their evidence-based health promotion interventions for disability inclusivity and adaptability, and to provide follow-up recommendations, training and technical assistance.
  4. Working with Intellectual and Developmental Disability advocacy organizations to provide support, training and technical assistance with their efforts to advocate for and improve access to healthcare.
  5. Tracking the health of Oregonians with disabilities through analysis of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and other data to help inform programs and policies related to the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities in our state.

Oregon Office on Disability and Health works to improve the health and quality of life for the 24% of Oregonians, approximately 900,000 individuals, living with disabilities, through improved access to health care and targeted health promotion programs. We do this through community outreach programs that specifically cater to the needs of individuals with disabilities, family members and caregivers of people with disabilities, educators, and/or health care professionals.

Funding
Since 1994, Oregon Office on Disability and Health has been continuously funded as a Cooperative Agreement with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oregon Office on Disability and Health is a collaborative effort between Oregon Health and Science University and the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.