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National Disability and Health Programs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports and provides funding to four National Public Health Practice and Resource Center (NPHPRC) programs for disability and health to prevent disease and promote health and wellness for people with disabilities.  

The purpose of the NPHPRCs is to improve the quality of life of individuals living with disabilities by providing health information, education and consultation to health care professionals, people with disabilities, caregivers, media, researchers, policymakers and the public.

The NPHPRCs accomplish these goals by implementing the following activities:

  • Serve as a resource for increasing knowledge and changing attitudes and practices as it relates to people with disabilities;
  • Educate policymakers about health disparities among people with disabilities;
  • Build collaborations with consumers, local health organizations, CDC and other relevant partners;
  • Share information about programs, methods, materials and lessons learned;
  • Measure and document the NPHPRCs’ impact using common methods of evaluation and reporting activities, e.g. population reached by activities, and outcomes/impact indicators;  and
  • Identify the health needs of people with disabilities

National Public Health Practice and Resource Centers funded by CDC for Disability and Health Programs

National Limb Loss Resource Center

The Amputee Coalition is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss. Their mission is to empower people affected by limb loss through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention. Their Healthy Living and Integrated Health Programs use traditional and innovative methods to provide effective health communications, information, education and training, consultations, and referrals for people with limb loss/limb differences, those who serve them, policymakers, and the general public.

Visit the Amputee Coalition National Limb Loss Resource Center website.

Contact the Amputee Coalition National Limb Loss Resource Center toll-free at 1-888-AMP-KNOW (1-888-267-5669), or by sending an email from their website.

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) primarily focuses on improving the health, wellness, and quality of life of people with disabilities. They promote and facilitate increased participation in physical activity and recreation. NCHPAD’s goal has been to use new and emerging technologies to reach into the homes of people with disabilities and in local communities across United States. NCHPAD continues to enhance connectivity, inclusion, and communication between disability service providers and local, county, and state public health programs.

Visit the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) website.

Contact NCHPAD toll-free at 1-800-900-8086 (voice and TTY), or by sending an email to

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes

Special Olympics Healthy Athletes is a program of Special Olympics.  Special Olympics Healthy Athletes helps to improve the health and fitness of Special Olympics athletes. During Healthy Athlete events, Special Olympics athletes receive a variety of free health screenings and health information at local, regional, and international games. These services help contribute to an enhanced sports experience and improved well-being. Volunteer health care professionals and students are trained to provide the screenings in an effort to educate the professional community about the health needs and abilities of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, or both.

Visit the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes website

Contact Special Olympics Healthy Athletes at 1-202-824-0308 or toll-free at 1-800-700-8585, or by sending an email to

The Arc

The Arc’s project, HealthMeet utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach using experts in health issues and assessments of people with intellectual disabilities, self-advocacy, systems change, training, data collection and evaluation, and public outreach and marketing.  To accomplish this, HealthMeet leverages The Arc’s national network of more than 700 chapters, national disability organizations, public health systems, health professionals, university systems, and other key stakeholders to conduct a range of activities.  The network actively supports the full inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.

Visit The Arc website

Contact The Arc toll-free at 1-800-433-5255, or by sending an email to