Monarch, Arc partner on important health screenings
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is partnering with The Arc of the United States – and many of its chapters – for a three-year program that will help to collect data in an effort to understand and improve the unique health challenges of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).
People of all ages in this population receive fewer routine checkups, fewer immunizations, less mental health care, less oral health care and fewer opportunities for physical activity than other Americans. In addition to barriers to health, this population is routinely excluded from health surveillance data, thus making it difficult to document unmet needs and work to create solutions.
Through this project, The Arc of North Carolina will have the opportunity to pilot local health screenings, provide assistance with health care navigation and lead health promotion activities for people with I/DD across the state. This project will assist in improving health literacy, correct preventable health disparities, and empower individuals with I/DD to become better and more informed partners in their overall health.
The Arc of North Carolina contacted Monarch to help conduct Health Meet, a health fair and screening event held in Manteo this summer in partnership with the Outer Banks Hospital, Surf Pediatrics and many dedicated volunteers. Screenings were conducted for individuals with I/DD ages 16 and up. Monarch and dozens of community partners and volunteers made this event a great community resource that will help to document unmet needs and work to create solutions.