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The Illinois Disability and Health Program is a collaboration initiated jointly by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The goal of the program is to promote and maximize health, prevent chronic disease, improve emergency preparedness and increase quality of life among people with disabilities.
Funding for this program is provided through a federal grant from the Disability and Health Team, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Human Development and Disability, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Persons with disability are often susceptible to additional health conditions as a result of their primary disability. For example, precursors of common chronic diseases, such as physical inactivity, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol, are more prevalent among persons with disability than those without. Despite these higher health risks, persons with disability are often overlooked by health promotion and disease prevention efforts.
The Illinois Disability and Health Program receives funding to conduct the following core activities:
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