Health Promotion and Employment

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People with disabilities experience high rates of health conditions such as physical deconditioning, fatigue, sleep problems, weight problems, pain, depression, and isolation, that can be addressed through health promotion programs. 

Unfortunately, wellness programming is typically offered through the workplace and may not be available to many people with disabilities who might benefit. In fact, worse employment outcomes are reported for individuals experiencing these conditions. This places people with disability who are not employed in a difficult situation. They have limited access to health promotion services because they are not employed, and they have lower employment rates due to secondary health conditions that could be better managed.

One way to promote employment for this group, then, is to provide health promotion programs outside a work setting to assist them in reducing or managing secondary conditions.

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Working Well with a Disability is a seven-week workshop within the Healthy Community Living Program for people who want to develop a healthy lifestyle to help get and keep a job that meets their needs.

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Tools, Resources, and Publications

2014

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Health plans for employment: Stress management

2014 | Catherine Ipsen, Bethany Rigles & Casey Nicole Ruggiero
Rural Institute | PDF


 

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Health plans for employment: Sleep 

2014 | Catherine Ipsen, Bethany Rigles & Casey Nicole Ruggiero
Rural Institute | PDF


 

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Health plans for employment: Nutrition 

2014 | Catherine Ipsen, Bethany Rigles & Casey Nicole Ruggiero
Rural Institute | PDF


 

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Health plans for employment: Physical Activity 

2014 | Catherine Ipsen, Bethany Rigles & Casey Nicole Ruggiero
Rural Institute | PDF


2012

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Working Well with a Disability: Health promotion as a means to employment 

2012 | Catherine Ipsen, Craig Ravesloot, Nancy Arnold & Tom Seekins 
Rehabilitation Psychology | PDF


2011

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A prospective study to examine the influence of secondary health conditions on VR client employment outcomes 

January 2011 | Catherine Ipsen, Tom Seekins & Nancy Arnold
Disability and Health Journal | PDF; online access


2009

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Building the case for delivering health promotion services within the Vocational Rehabilitation system 

December 2009 | Catherine Ipsen, Tom Seekins & Craig Ravesloot
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin | PDF


2006

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Health, secondary conditions and employment outcomes for adults with disabilities 

September 2006 | Catherine Ipsen
Journal of Disability Policy Studies | PDF