The Massachusetts Health and Disability Partnership is a coalition of disability advocacy organizations, state agencies and other stakeholders working to improve the health of people with disabilities statewide. The Partnership was created by the Health and Disability Program (HDP) at the Department of Public Health and is co-chaired by Bethlyn Houlihan of the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and Dennis Heaphy of the Disability Policy Consortium.

The Partnership, which meets quarterly, informs and strengthens HDP’s priorities and initiatives, ensuring that HDP activities are carried out in the spirit of “nothing about us without us”. The Partnership has been particularly helpful to HDP in:

  • Gathering data and prioritizing issues for HDP’s statewide health needs assessment of people with disabilities and their care providers [include link to HNA report]
  • Keeping HDP aware of important concerns in the disability community
  • Collaborating to make the best use of people and resources
  • Including people with disabilities in emergency preparedness efforts
  • Improving facility and communications access to health care providers
  • Promoting the work of HDP within the disability community
  • Helping develop logic models and workplans for HDP activities
  • Bringing accessible, culturally competent health promotion and disease management programs to people with disabilities
  • Planning for the sustainability of HDP and Partnership activities beyond the current grant cycle

“NERSCIC Takes Leadership Role in State-Wide Health Policy: The Health and Disability Partnership”, Fall 2013 NERSCIC Newsletter

Contact Us

Rachel H. Tanenhaus, Program Coordinator
Health and Disability Program
phone: 617-624-5957
fax: 617-624-6062
TTY: 617-624-5992
email: Rachel.Tanenhaus@State.MA.US


This information is provided by the Health and Disability Program within the Department of Public Health.