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Accepting Wave 4 Applications: July 2018 - July 2019
Application is closed.

1. Read Application Instructions.
2. Complete online Application
3. Submit
Statement of Interest.

HealthMatters, Illinois! is a health promotion initiative aimed at improving health and health promotion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) throughout the state of Illinois. HealthMatters Program team has partnered with Illinois Disability and Health Program at the Illinois Department of Public Health to assist provider organizations with promoting healthy lifestyles to people with I/DD while meeting the requirements of the National Core Indicators.

We are looking for motivated Organizations who provide Supports for Community Living services to people with I/DD in Illinois to participate in this initiative.
Up to 5 provider organizations will be selected to participate and will receive resources to benefit people with I/DD receiving services, the organization, and their employees. Each organization will need to devote the staff to make up a team that includes but is not limited to: two (or more) staff leaders and a HealthMatters Team Coordinator who will ultimately become Certified Instructors to teach 12-week HealthMatters Program to people with I/DD.

1. In-state support from Kristin Krok, Health & Wellness Coordinator
2. National support from
HealthMatters Team
3. Free consultations on Wellness Committee and Strategic Plan
4. Convenient training via
5. Evidence-based
Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum
6. Certification for participating staff to teach 12-week HealthMatters Program to people with I/DD

Six (6) CEUs/CPEUs provided for Advance Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LSW, LPC, LCPC), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionists (RD), Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDP), Speech Language Pathologists, and Illinois Teachers (CPDUs).

Kristin Krok, State Coordinator
Beth Marks, Principal Investigator
Jasmina Sisirak, Co-Investigator

Health Matters Curriculum
Health Matters Program Guide
Supported by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on
Developmental Disabilities and Health
(RRTCDD) with funding through
the United States Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration for Community Living (ACL),
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Grant # 90RT5020-01-00
and the Illinois Department of Public Health through Cooperative Agreement 5U59DD000938-03 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionIRB# 2014-0659.
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