Interested in learning more about Healthy Communities? Contact Kristin Hughes Srour, Director of Special Olympics Global Health Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Access materials designed to give users an overview of Healthy Communities and year-round health programming. Learn how Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® events and Healthy Communities programming are closely-linked and complementary for maximum impact on the health and well-being of athletes.
1 Year Grants
Learn how your Program can lead the way in changing the healthcare system for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics goal is to reach 100 Programs recognized as Healthy Communities by 2020.
3 Year Grants
Please note that Programs with demonstrated success in 1-year Healthy Community Grants and/or proven success in health programming will be selected to apply for 3-year Healthy Community Grants. Please contact your Regional Healthy Athletes Manager if you are interested in receiving a 3-year Healthy Communities Grant.
- 2017 HC 3-YR Grant Kickoff Webinar: An introduction to the Global Health Strategy, Healthy Communities, project planning, and budget writing.
- Budget: Creating and monitoring your Healthy Communities budget.
- Outcomes and Impact: Learn about focusing your work on an outcome and assessing the impact of your efforts.
- Research and Healthy Athletes: Learn about health data from Healthy Athletes and also from health studies on people with ID.
- Sharing Stories: Learn how to capture and share the most impactful stories in your health work.
- Health Marketing & Communications: Learn about how to promote your Program’s health work. And, how to use Special Olympics Health branding.
- Special Olympics Global Health Strategy: Learn about the vision and strategy for Special Olympics’ global health work.
- Special Olympics 2016-2020 Health Strategy: New Directions and Opportunities: Learn about Special Olympics' 5-year Health strategy, the US implementation plan approved by CDC, and the opportunities this strategy and plan present to our US Programs.
- Power Your Program Through Partnerships: Learn how to find partners and strengthen relationships to enhance your health work. Hear tips to engage Clinical Directors, community organizations, local and state government, funders, and athlete leaders.
- Fundraising for Health: Learn about SOI's strategies for developing more corporate sponsors around our health work and hear success stories and best practices from select Programs.
Visit this frequently-updated site to access the latest materials developed and shared by and with Special Olympics Programs that are working within their communities and with partners to break down barriers experienced by people with intellectual disabilities when seeking access to quality health care, services and education.
Download materials on follow-up care - or what happens after a Healthy Athletes exam – which is an essential component of Healthy Communities programming.
Access tools for athletes, coaches and families related to self-advocacy, education and community activation.
- Local Partnerships for Wellness Toolkit: Toolkit designed to outline ways your Program can collaborate with local organizations and businesses to provide year-round opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
- Health Heroes: Presentation shared by South Africa focused on athlete leaders interested in serving as health heroes.
- Health Heroes Athlete Leadership Course: This 6-slide PowerPoint is aimed at Programs teaching athlete leaders about health and has been used by such Programs as Special Olympics South Africa.
- Athletes as Health Coaches Toolkit: Toolkit designed to outline ways athletes in Special Olympics Programs champion health within their communities.
- Family Health Forum Toolkit: Information for Programs interested in hosting a Family Health Forum, an event designed around locally-relevant health topics that engage families of those with intellectual disabilities, sponsored by Lions Clubs International. Revised in 2015.
- Family Health Forum Grant Application: Application for Programs interested in applying for Family Health Forum funding for events in 2016. Application deadline is 31 December 2015. Events sponsored by Lions Clubs International
- Family Health Forum Grant Application (Word Version): Application for Programs interested in applying for Family Health Forum funding for events in 2017. Deadline is 14 October, 2016. Events sponsored by Lions Clubs International
- Healthy Habits Station: Information shared by Special Olympics Wisconsin on teaching preventative care practices and providing educational resources.
- SO Florida Coaches Nutrition Guide: A coaching re-certification tool Special Olympics Florida has developed.
- SO Florida Coaches Nutrition Toolkit: Toolkit developed for coaches.
- Intro to SO Florida Nutrition: Learn about the coach recertification that SO Florida developed on sports nutrition.
- Wellness Wednesdays: Content you can use on social media for #WellnessWednesdays.
- Fitness Tracking Tool: A resource for tracking the impact of your Fitness Program.
- Athlete Lifestyle Survey: For use in your Fitness Program as a pre/post test for athletes.
- Athlete Tracking sheet for Fitness: An at-home tool for athletes to track their progress meeting their fitness goals.
- Gaining Access to New Fitness Resources: Learn about SOI's new fitness resources and have fun learning, moving, experiencing, and tracking your movement.
- Fitness Partnerships: Learn about new partnerships formed with SOI to support Program fitness. Hear from fellow Programs sharing their success in developing and nurturing fitness partnerships.
- Fitness Models and Best Practices: Learn about 3 SOI endorsed and supported fitness models, hear about other US Program's innovations in fitness, and create activation plans for your Program.
- Fitness in Special Olympics: Learn about SOI's fitness strategic plan, including the vision, goals, strategies and metrics. Program staff share best practices and demonstrations from Canada, British Columbia, and Ontario.
Special Olympics global health work would not be possible without the thousands of health care professionals and students who volunteer and who share they increase their understanding and skills because of their involvement with Special Olympics.
Branding and Data
Share evidence of Special Olympics’ impact. Special Olympics is the largest global public health organization dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities, and our data clearly indicates a need for societies to do more.
Special Olympics Health program is made possible by many dedicated partners and volunteers. Learn more about some of our partners here.
Healthy Athletes events are essential to a Program becoming a Healthy Community. Healthy Athletes events provide free health exams to athletes in more than 130 countries.
Champions for Inclusive Health
Find resources for holding a Champions for Inclusive Health meeting in your state or country. Please note that these resources are being developed collaboratively by SOI, SO British Columbia, SO Indiana and SO Nebraska and are still a work in progress.
Evaluation of Healthy Community Pilot Programs: 2012-2015