Health Promotion and People with Intellectual Disability

  • Beth Marks
  • Jasmina Sisirak
  • Tamar Heller


Targeted health promotion programming is markedly relevant and urgently needed for people with intellectual disability to be able to live, work, learn, and recreate in communities and settings of their choice. This chapter provides an overview of the determinants of health and health promotion for people with intellectual disability. Additionally, this chapter covers an ecological framework to engage people with intellectual disability and their supports in health promotion activities. Examples of successful health promotion initiatives are presented, along with exploration of future directions for promoting health among people with intellectual disability and their supports. Lastly, the chapter discusses the need to develop, test, and implement strategies that operationalize the three core strategies of the Ottawa Charter, “advocate, enable, and mediate,” in order to move health promotion beyond the health care sector for people with intellectual disability.


Determinants of health Health promotion Intellectual disability Research-to-practice networks 



The chapter authors would like to thank the following for their contribution and support in the preparation of this chapter:

  • Judith Stych, DNP, RN, CDDN

  • Nurse Consultant

  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services

  • Bureau of Adult Long Term Care Services

  • 1 West Wilson St. Room 518, Madison, Wisconsin 53707 USA

  • Michele A. (Micki) Hill, RN BSN CPN

  • Helen Denne Schulte Nursing Scholar and Adjunct Faculty

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • School of Nursing

  • Nurse Consultant

  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services

  • Madison, Wisconsin 53707 USA


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beth Marks
    • 1
  • Jasmina Sisirak
    • 1
  • Tamar Heller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Disability and Human DevelopmentUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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