Bethesda Inc. Awards Grant to Easter Seals to Improve Health and Wellness for People with Disabilities

Cincinnati, OH --- Easter Seals TriState announced today it will launch a comprehensive initiative to serve 1,000 Greater Cincinnatians with developmental disabilities to improve health and wellness. The project could also potentially lower healthcare costs and reduce duplicate services, according to Pam Green, president and CEO.

People with disabilities are one of the region's largest underserved populations.  As a group, they also have lower incomes and use higher levels of healthcare services, she said. Currently there is no system in place that tracks health and wellness outcomes of people with disabilities.

The three-year, $375,000 grant from Bethesda Inc. enables Easter Seals to use a new database to track key health indicators and employment goals among persons with disabilities. It also will tap a new technology platform being developed by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

 “We know that health and wellness are directly tied to employment success of the people with disabilities,” said Green. “Bethesda Inc. is making it possible for us to develop the technologies to help the people we serve make informed decisions about their overall quality of life." 

Since 2010, Bethesda Inc. has worked to identify and award grants for significant community-based programs that have the potential to transform how care is delivered in Greater Cincinnati and that can serve as a potential model nationally.  

“We believe this project has the potential to transform how organizations provide services to people with disabilities," said James Pearce, Bethesda Inc. board chairman. "In doing so, individuals can make better progress in their overall health and wellness and lower their own costs of care.”

Building a Strong Framework

Through the new technology, Easter Seals will gain “real time” information and be alerted when a major life change in a person’s health occurs.  This will allow the person’s health providers to reassess the individual’s plan to ensure steady progress toward their goals.

Program features include:

  • Improved coordination and tracking of services and health outcomes 
  • Better data analysis to reduce the number of more serious health issues
  • Statistically correlated life choices and activities (diet, exercise, employment status, etc.) to  identify actions with the greatest effect on health issues
  • More focused preventive services and less service duplication, leading to lower healthcare costs
  • Better knowledge of the connection between employment and health outcomes

Easter Seals TriState will partner and collaborate with organizations like HealthBridge, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, YMCA, University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to capitalize on the data.

About Easter Seals TriState                            

Easter Seals TriState empowers people with disabilities and disadvantages to more fully live, learn, work and play in our communities. A leading tri-state nonprofit, Easter Seals serves more than 15,000 individuals with disabilities and disadvantages each year in Hamilton, Butler and Clermont Counties. Easter Seals TriState helps youth, adults and veterans increase their independence through transition, employment, job training and adult day programs. Learn more at www.eastersealstristate.org, facebook.com/eastersealstristate and @EasterSealsTri on Twitter.