DHP News

Kansans Learn to Feel Good About Their Smiles

A woman uses a black light with a mirror to see how well she has brushed her teeth.May 2017 - The DHP provided a "Feeling Good About Your Smile" workshop to a total of 28 people in Olathe and Parsons. The 90-minute session is designed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their personal assistants.

In the photo at right, a participant checks how well she's brushed her teeth using a black light.

Dental hygienist Kathy Hunt led the workshop, which uses fun activities to teach participants about:

  • cavity-causing bacteria and how to remove them
  • how to choose tooth-healthy foods and snacks
  • causes of cavities and the best ways to prevent them

Hall Presents DHP Information at KUMC

Three women stand in front of a large poster.October 2016 - DHP director Jean Hall (center in photo) presented the poster "The Kansas Disability and Health Program: Addressing Health Promotion and Physical Activity for Kansans with Disabilities" at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) Faculty Research Day and Poster Session on Oct. 28.



Nary Presents at Interhab

Three women seated at a table.October 2016 - DHP staff member Dot Nary made two presentations at Interhab's annual conference in Wichita, Oct. 13-14, 2016.

She provided an introduction to the Kansas Disability and Health program with "Kansans with Disabilities CAN Be Healthy!" and also discussed "Polypharmacy: Why Is It a Problem and What Can We Do About It?" Heather Lassmann and Whitney Owecke co-authored the polypharmacy presentation. At the conference's Idea Café, Nary presented on the topic "Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities."

Pictured from left: Owecke, Lassmann and Nary.

CDC Awards Funding for Kansas Disability and Health Program (DHP)

September 2016 - Faculty and staff in KU’s Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies, Research and Training Center on Independent Living and Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities will work with organizations across Kansas to implement a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Kansas DHP will help improve the health of individuals with disabilities by increasing accessibility to programs and removing barriers to services designed to promote healthy living. Read the news release.



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