Health and Wellness News

Care Can’t Wait: How Do Inadequate Home- and Community-Based Services Affect Community Living and Health Outcomes

Nationally, there are over 820,000 people on waiting lists for home- and community based services such as assistance with personal care, home modifications, or transportation. The average wait time is three years or more. This report outlines recent research findings indicating how these unmet needs can lead to poor health, increased utilization of hospital services, and institutionalization.

$150 Million Funding Will Expand the Public Health Workforce to Respond to the Needs of People with Disabilities and Older Adults

The Biden-Harris Administration announced that the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will receive $150 million to increase the public health workforce’s disability and aging expertise and strengthen the collaboration with public health systems. The goal is to support the health and safety of people with disabilities and older adults who are disproportionately affected during emergencies and disasters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“New Curriculum Prepares Nurses to Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities”

A new curriculum for primary care nurse practitioner residency programs is designed to improve the health care experience of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.