Health Promotion Projects

Current Projects

Completed Projects

  • Special Olympics CT Health Communities Project - From 2013-2016, the UCEDD provided technical assistance to Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) on its Healthy Communities project made possible by the Golisano Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. SOCT Healthy Communities, an extension of the Healthy Athletes® program, was to assure year-round inclusive health care and prevention programming in CT to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The SOCT Healthy Athletes® components to receive the greatest focus were Special Smiles (dental), Opening Eyes (optometric and ophthalmological), and Fit Feet (podiatric).
  • Disability Content in Public Health and Healthcare Training - The UConn UCEDD and CT LEND work with local, state, and national partners to integrate disability content and competencies into public health and healthcare training programs. This work includes curricular development and support, faculty development, technical assistance, research projects, work groups, and dissemination activities.
  • Parent Knowledge, Beliefs, and Needs During the Early Months of Covid-19 - A national study of 457 parents of children with disabilities was conducted in 2020 to assess knowledge, beliefs, and needs of families during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic when schools and most aspects of daily life were shut down. Parents reported decreases in formal and informal supports and concerns about the delays and changes in special education services and lack of technology to access those services. Their highest reported need was education for their children followed by a need for family supports.
  • Survey of Primary Care Physicians Providing Care to Adults with Disabilities in CT - As the population of adults with disabilities in Connecticut continues to increase, a statewide survey was conducted of adult primary care physicians (PCPs; internal medicine or family medicine) was conducted. The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge, skills, and previous training about the medical needs of persons with disabilities to inform areas for future training and professional development opportunities to address adult provider knowledge to care for persons with disabilities.
  • The Health Risk Behaviors of Students with IEPs in CT: A Secondary Analysis - The purpose of this study was to find out if students who have IEPs do more unsafe things than students who do not have IEPs. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) is a national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that monitors certain risky health behaviors among youth. Since 2013, Connecticut has added a supplemental question to the national questionnaire that asks student participants if they are receiving special education services as part of an individualized education plan or IEP. Data were requested from Connecticut Department of Public Health. The purpose of this secondary analysis was to assess if special education is a risk factor for engaging in health risk behaviors.
  • CT KASA – Transition to Adult Healthcare - Connecticut Kids As Self Advocates (CT-KASA) created three information booklets on health care transition: one for youth with or without disabilities; one for parents of youth with or without disabilities; and one for primary health care providers. These booklets offer strategies and resources to help young adults with or disabilities, their parents, and their primary health care providers prepare for the transition to adult health care process.
  • Parents and Sex Education for Children with ASD - The purpose of this online, exploratory study was to assess parental attitudes and self-efficacy beliefs on the topic of sexual health education for children with ASD using two validated survey instruments.
  • The CT Family-to-Family (F2F) Health Information Network  - This project was a collaboration with FAVOR, Inc. (a family advocacy organization), PATH/FVCT, the Department of Public Health Title V program, the CT Family Support Network and the CT Family Support Council. The project employed six parents as Family to Family Health Information Specialists.