At NCHPAD, we strive to consistently use our vast network of strategic partners to expand the impact of our dissemination and communication efforts by working with mainstream organizations to increase the level of inclusion and focus on people with disability in their national campaigns and activities. First, effort is given to identify national strategic partners to work with and develop inclusive messaging, collateral material, and delivery activities for select health promotion communication campaigns and activities. One such example of this type of partnership is with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a catalyst for children’s health. They work with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids. Their goal is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. Through our Commit to Inclusion – Partnership for Inclusive Health, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is committed to work to empower all kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits, by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health.
Together, NCHPAD and the Alliance have partnered on several campaigns and initiatives to focus national attention on the urgent need for inclusion. These campaigns have called for inclusion in school wellness policies and practices, healthy out-of-school time, physical education, healthy schools and classroom activity breaks. Specific inclusion content was provided in the form of co-hosted Twitter chats, campaign graphics and external blogs.
We’ve also supported inclusion for girls with disabilities in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s annual #GirlsAre campaign. #GirlsAre is a movement to empower girls to get moving and celebrate their athleticism. This year’s story featured Sadie, a ten-year-old Girls on the Run participant who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Lastly, the Alliance supports a robust healthy schools program and utilized NCHPAD’s 9 Guidelines for Disability Inclusion to create expectations for establishing inclusive healthy out of school time programs and environments.
We look forward to the continued partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to ensure that youth of all ability levels are able to fully participate in physical activity programming to lay a foundation for a healthier future.
Interested in making your health promotion campaigns more inclusive? Contact us to explore partnership.