The New Jersey Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant Program: A Community of Practice Advancing Disability Inclusion
Keywords:disability inclusion, health equity, policy systems and environmental (PSE) change, community of practice, social determinants of health, intersectionality
The New Jersey Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) grant program, administered by the NJ Department of Human Services/Division of Disability Services (DDS), is a pioneering effort to enhance health equity for persons with disabilities (PWD) throughout the state. The program champions Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) changes aimed at addressing health disparities experienced by PWD. By prioritizing PWD's active and meaningful involvement and employing a Universal Design approach, IHC seeks to foster integrated and equitable environments. This article provides background into programmatic priorities that define the IHC approach and emphasizes the importance of capacity building within a community of practice when working toward sustainable PSE change. Challenges useful to other programs seeking to replicate this work are also discussed.
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