Living a Healthy Life

Competencies & Skill Sets


In this fifth session of DC Advocacy Partners, participants will:

  • Describe the components of a healthy lifestyle and how this applies to individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Understand the Affordable Care Act and how people with disabilities are affected by it 
  • Identify the healthcare and wellness systems, services, and networks in DC
  • Understand Medicaid and Medicare policies nationally and in DC

Skill sets

Partners will:

  • Learn how to find vacancies for Mayoral-appointed boards and commissions and how to apply for them
  • Learn how to advocate for a concern in a meeting with a decision-maker


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Lisa Ekman

Director of Federal Policy, Health  and Disability Advocates

Kerry Mauger

Training Coordinator, HealthMeet, The Arc of the United States

Cheryl Fish-Parcham

Private Insurance Program Director, Families USA


Healthy Living Agencies, Organizations, and Resources

Affordable Care Act Basics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The ACA and People with Disabilities, adopted from The White House website

The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Medicaid Eligibility, Enrollment, and Benefits for People with Disabilities by The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured 

DC Medicaid Overview, adopted from the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance

DC Community Health Resources

DC Children’s Mental Health Guide by the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care

Guide to FY 2015 Healthcare by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Healthy Transitions Brief from the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor

DC Council and Student Mental Health Services from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Dental Crisis in America: The Need to Expand Access from Chairman Bernard Sanders, Subcommittee on Primary Health and AgingU.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Dental Care: A Caregiver’s Guide from the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesNational Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Healthy Eating Tips: Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruits and Eating Better on a Budget from the US Department of Agriculture

HealthMeet by The Arc

Transition’s Missing Link: Health Care Transition by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

The Affordable Care Act & Ongoing Barrier to HealthCare for People with Disabilities PowerPoint by Lisa Ekman, Health and Disability Advocates

HealthMeet & Local HealthCare Advocacy PowerPoint by Kerry Mauger with The Arc

Community Involvement

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Long-Term Project

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