Timothy Shriver and Surgeon General Jerome-Adams, Inclusive Health Summit
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Special Olympics

Special Olympics is pleased to announce the 2019 Inclusive Health Innovation Grant recipients -- a reflection of our commitment to improving access to quality mainstream health services for people with intellectual disabilities in the U.S. On 13 February 2019, eighteen former and current grantees gathered for a one day workshop to share best practices and ideas for inclusive health initiatives.
The National Fitness Foundation

The National Fitness Foundation (NFF), in partnership with Health Resources in Action (Boston, MA), are pleased to announce the launch of new resources to promote inclusive physical and fitness education. These resources aim to support physical education teachers nationwide to empower ALL students to be fit for life.
November 2018

Special Olympics Health Messengers Parker Thornton, Nell Coonen-Korte, and Jason Gieschen spoke at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting with the U.S. Surgeon General about their health journeys and intentional inclusion.
Nov./Dec. 2018
The Nation's Health

Health equity means that all people can reach the highest standard of health, including people with disabilities. Striving toward that goal, APHA is ramping up its work on inclusive health, which calls for the deliberate inclusion of people with disabilities in policies, programming and services.
Friends of NCBDDD

"Special Olympics launched the Center for Inclusive Health – a web-based platform that offers a wide range of tools to help organizations as they make their practices and policies inclusive for people with intellectual disabilities."
August 2018
Exceptional Parent

"In her speech delivered at the recent Special Olympics' Healthy Athlete Welcome Event, Crystal Womack gushed about how the event has kept her and her fellow athletes active and fit."
August 2018
Exceptional Parent

"Parker Thornton is 37 years old, plays golf, and is an avid writer living in New Hampshire. Today, Parker is a Special Olympics Health Messenger, delivering speeches and motivating advocates across the United States for inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities."

"The summit, held before Special Olympics, aims to get organizations out of their silos and work together to make the fitness industry more inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities."
September 2018
The Physiatrist

"Project activities demonstrate AAPM&R’s commitment to SOI’s Inclusive Health vision—by including people with ID in mainstream health policies, laws, programming, services, training programs, research, and funding streams, we can improve the health outcomes and reduce health care costs for people with ID."
Q13 Fox, Seattle

"The goal is to improve health care for those with intellectual disabilities. On average, people with intellectual disabilities die 16 years earlier than the general population. Experts say it's because of poor access to health care."
University of Louisville School of Medicine

"...To ensure future physicians receive training to care for individuals with IDD across their lifespan. Over four years, 12 medical school partners will design and implement their own curriculum enhancements. UofL is part of the first cohort for this training, along with Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Colorado."
Newsletters - Inclusive Health Digest
Several new resources have been published to the Center including five Public Health Accreditation Board case studies, and the 2018 Healthy Athletes Prevalence Report.
News about the 2019 Inclusive Health Innovation Grant recipients, the Global Inclusive Health Forum at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, the Golisano Global Health Leadership Award, and more.
As we take our first steps in 2019, it is important to reflect on and celebrate the milestones of 2018:

-Developing and awarding the first ever Inclusive Health Innovation Grants;
-Launching of the Center for Inclusive Health
-Developing key resources like...
Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation is working to ensure the inclusion of all people, including people with intellectual disabilities (ID), in mainstream health policies and laws, programming, and services, training programs, research, and funding streams.
Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, Surgeon General of the Unites States will present with Special Olympics...
On June 30, 2018 Special Olympics partnered with American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) to host the first-ever...
Spring is (mostly) here and the countdown to our Igniting Change: Inclusive Health Summit has officially started...
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