ACHIEVA and HealthMeet

 Your Health Matters

Volume 2 Issue 20                                                                                      October 14, 2013




In This Issue
Healthcare Transition Resources
Consumer Health Coalition Plans Discussion
What Does It Mean to be Well?
Women Be Healthy
The Affordable Care Act
Healthcare Resources
HealthMeet Calendar of Events

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Healthcare Transition Resources

The successful transition to adult health care services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) is becoming a key area of concern as more people with disabilities are living well into their adult years.  One of the six core outcomes for CYSHCN identified by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau was: ''Youth with special health care needs receive the services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work and independence.'' 


Many resources exist to make this process more easily understood.  One such resource can be found by clicking here

Consumer Health Coalition Plans Discussion

The Consumer Health Coalition will host "Communication is the Best Medicine: Can We Talk?" on Friday, October 18, 2013 at C.L.A.S.S., 1400 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.  


Join the conversation with members of the disabilities community and medical providers to work toward building a respectful, patient-centered team approach to healthcare. 


Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the conversation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Continental breakfast and coffee bar will be provided. 


RSVP by October 15, 2013 to Sally Jo Snyder at 412-456-1877 ext. 203 or email at: 


What Does It Mean to be Well?

When we think of wellness we describe it as a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit. It is an active process.  We need to chose wellness and healthy living.


Remember that exercise is the most important thing we can do for our well being.  Exercise helps you stay in shape, helps your joints and keeps your mind alert.


Individuals with disabilities are often at a disadvantage when it comes to health and that makes exercise even more vital. There are many ways to exercise and finding what works for each person is important.


The recommended amount of exercise is 30 to 60 minutes each day of the week.  Even if you start small with 10 minutes at a time, and slowly increase time spent in physical activity, you will be on the road to better living.  The best way to accomplish this is to set aside time each day to do something that you enjoy that will increase your heart rate.

Women Be Healthy: A Promising Intervention to Promote Cervical & 

Breast Cancer Screening for Women with ID

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2 - 3 p.m. EST

Presenter: Susan Parish, PhD, MSW

In this webinar Susan Parish, Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, will be reviewing the Women Be Healthy project and test results.  Women Be Healthy offers classes and resources for women with ID and their health professionals. 


These resources help women learn how to better express their health concerns to their physician and to be more prepared and informed about their health and body.  Susan will discuss the prevalence of cervical and breast cancer screening in women with ID and why it is so important.  Barriers to this type of care will also be given along with information regarding the significant racial disparities in mammography for women with ID. 


Click here to register.

The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace is now open.  Millions of uninsured Americans have logged onto the site so there have been some growing pains.  These are  being corrected.  As long as you enroll by December 15, 2013 your health insurance coverage will begin on January 1, 2014.  


Those without health insurance are able to register with the marketplace and shop for health insurance with four levels of coverage that will begin on January 1, 2014.  Each level of coverage - bronze, silver, gold and platinum - offers standardized plans from several insurance providers.  All plans are required to cover Essential Health Benefits and cover preventive wellness services for free.  The ACA will provide many Americans with subsidies, based on household income, making insurance more affordable.

If you are uninsured or losing your coverage, you can learn about the new plans by calling 1-800-318-2596 or visiting

Healthcare Resources

ACHIEVA's Disability Healthcare Initiative recently launched a new website that contains information on healthcare at  This website is a place to share resources, including our focus on healthcare transition for youth with disabilities or special healthcare needs.

            HealthMeetCalendar of Events

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Nancy Murray
President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh
serving Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland Counties
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