Healthy Communities

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.

Interested in learning more about Healthy Communities? Contact Kristin Hughes Srour, Director of Special Olympics Global Health Programs, at khughes@specialolympics.org.
GENERAL
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.
Monthly Update for Healthy Communities Programs
Healthy Communities Criteria Descriptions for Program Recognition.
Healthy Communities one-pager.
The report lists Special Olympics Health activities from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.
Review this one-pager that shares a big-picture view of the Special Olympics health strategy for the next five years.
This one-pager focuses on health and intellectual disability research.
Information on low-cost, innovative ways of incorporating health into your programming.
Videos
Access this four-minute video in which Tim Shriver outlines the need for Special Olympics to focus on building Healthy Communities and challenges community partners to do more.
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Learn how Healthy Communities aim to increase the reach and impact of Healthy Athletes. (Download)
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Learn how to increase the impact of Healthy Athletes events across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. (Download)
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Learn how to increase the impact of Healthy Athletes events across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. (Download)
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Learn how to increase the impact of Healthy Athletes events across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. (Download)
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Learn how to increase the impact of Healthy Athletes events across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. (Download)
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GRANTS WEBINARS
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.
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.

For 2016 and 2017 Three-year Grant Webinars and links to download all webinars, please contact Adam Nothem.
FOLLOW-UP CARE
Download materials on follow-up care—or what happens after a Healthy Athletes exam—which is an essential component of Healthy Communities programming.
Toolkit designed to outline ways Programs have successfully provided and tracked follow-up care.
Helpful tips for Programs on how to support and track follow-up care for athletes after examinations.
Use this template to assess the needs, actions to take and desired results when following up on athlete care after examinations.
This spreadsheet should be used to track follow-up care for athletes after examinations.
Toolkit designed to outline steps Programs can take to provide training and education to local health care providers.
Questions and answers on blood pressure to guide conversations with Special Olympics athletes and their caregivers.
Questions and answers on measuring body-mass index, a screening tool to identify possible weight problems.
Questions and answers on follow-up care for athletes diagnosed with low bone mass or osteoporosis.
WELLNESS PROGRAMS
Access tools for athletes, coaches and families related to self-advocacy, education and community activation.
Toolkit designed to outline ways your Program can collaborate with local organizations and businesses to provide year-round opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
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.
Information Programs can utilize to successfully host a stakeholder summit workshop to promote Inclusive Health.
ATHLETE LEADERSHIP
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.
Presentation on athlete leadership in health, developed by the athlete leadership program team.
PARTNERS
Special Olympics Health program is made possible by many dedicated partners and volunteers. Learn more about some of our partners here.
Organized in 2002, AADMD provides a forum for healthcare professionals who provide clinical care to people with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities.
Visit the official CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Visit the official website of the World Health Organization, an international public health organization of the United Nations. There is a section dedicated to disabilities, along with information on other health conditions.
Visit the official American Association on Health and Disability website.
Visit the official Association of University Centers on Disabilities website.
Visit the official Golisano Foundation website.
Visit the official Lions Clubs International website.