Inclusive Health and Wellness Initiative for Iowans with Disabilities

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been awarded a five-year, $300,000 annually, grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Iowa was one of 19 states to be awarded funding through the "Improving the Health of People with Mobility Limitations and Intellectual Disabilities through State-based Public Health Programs" grant.

The purpose of the grant is to promote and maximize health, prevent chronic disease, and increase the quality of life among Iowans with disabilities.


Grant funding from the CDC will support the following activities, with an emphasis of improving the health of Iowans with disabilities through increased physical activity, better nutrition and healthy weight:

  • Improve Iowa public health system capacity
  • Build healthy, inclusive Iowa communities
  • Develop Iowa disability service organization capacity
  • Increase Iowa healthcare provider knowledge and accessibility


We are available to provide information and technical assistance to organizations wishing to provide more inclusive programs and services through accessible environments and targeted outreach. Additional resources are also available at www.livingwelliowa.org


For more information:

  • Maggie Ferguson, MS, CRC, CBIS, Program Manager  (515) 281-8465
  • Karin Ford, MSPS, IACEM  (515) 242-6336

Disability and Health Program flyer  PDF