Project SEARCH and HealthMatters Program 2017-2018 Employment, Health, and Wellness Webinar Series

  1. Better Health by Health Education & Sustained Employment September 28st, 2017
  2. Promoting Health and Leadership in Project SEARCH® Programs October, 12th, 2017
  3. Integrating Technology to Increase Student Interns’ Health, Fitness, and Personal Responsibilities October, 26th, 2017
  4. Using the Health Matters Curriculum with the Project SEARCH® Program Model January, 18st, 2018
  5. Mindfulness: Strategies for Building Success and Wellness in the 21st Century Workforce February, 15th, 2018

Better Health by Health Education & Sustained Employment

September 28st, 2017 (1pm-2pm Central Time / 2pm-3pm Eastern Time)

The critical relationship between employment status and health is well established. Health education can enrich a Project SEARCH experience and increase the likelihood of sustained employment for Project SEARCH interns through better health. Join representatives from the Community Plan of Texas who will share how the Health Matters curriculum was implemented at their site. This session will encourage Project SEARCH on-site teams to understand the correlation between employment and health and wellness as well as best practices for implementing the health related curriculum.

Jillian Hamblin, Chief Operating Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community and Plan of TX, Houston, TX; Patti Moore, Upper Valley Career Center Project SEARCH Coordinator of Upper Valley Medical Center, Sidney, OH; Alexandra Needler, Project SEARCH Business Liaison, UnitedHealthcare, Houston, TX; Jessica Treybig, Fort Bend ISD Project SEARCH Instructor, UnitedHealthcare, Fort Bend, TX


Promoting Health and Leadership in Project SEARCH® Programs

October, 12th, 2017 (1pm-2pm Central Time / 2pm-3pm Eastern Time)

For people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, maintaining health and wellness is essential to achieving and maintaining independence, participating in society, and preventing the onset of secondary health conditions. Yet, people with disabilities (PWD) experience poorer health than the general population and alarmingly higher rates of obesity and related conditions. The University of Cincinnati UCEDD and Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at University of Rochester implemented and evaluated the evidence-based HealthMessages curriculum with Project SEARCH students. HealthMessages is a 12-week health promotion program which uses peer-to-peer facilitation to learn about physical activity and hydration; as well as making healthy choices, lifestyle changes, and setting goals. This presentation will provide a summary of lessons learned from the pilot project.

Julie Christensen, Director, Center for Disabilities and Development (UCEDD), University of Iowa, Iowa, IA; Maryellen Daston, Program Specialist, Project SEARCH, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH


Integrating Technology to Increase Student Interns’ Health, Fitness, and Personal Responsibilities

October, 26th, 2017 (1pm-2pm Central Time / 2pm-3pm Eastern Time)

In this webinar, we will share our success utilizing technology to improve student interns’ health, stamina, and independence. During our first year of our ProjectSEARCH program we have incorporated 6 Chromebooks, 2 iPads, and Fitbits for every intern. We will demonstrate how we created Google Accounts for each intern so they have access to their own G Suites to create an email address and Google Drive where they create resumes, letters, upload photos, create presentations, and share documents that they will have access to throughout their adult lives. We will also demonstrate how we utilize Google Drive to create a shared Project SEARCHSteering committee folder so all members can collaborate and have access to documents and resources at all times. We will also share how we incorporated Fitbits into daily lessons in combination with Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities. Interns record all food and water consumed during the day, plus their daily activity is tracked by logging active minutes throughout the day, calories burned, total steps, and miles traveled during the day. Project SEARCH instructor is able to make connections with intern Fitbit data and Health Matters curriculum for student interns to learn the importance of nutrition and physical activity. We were also able to identify how the Fitbit can be used to make adaptations for the Interns to improve time on task and their time management skills. With the access to two iPads we incorporated a time in and time out app that student interns utilize to sign in and out for their internship rotations and for their lunch breaks. This data is incorporated into real life math lessons.

Mason Messinger, Project SEARCH Instructor, Kalahari Resort, Pocono Manor, PA; Dawn Diagnault, Director of Career Options and Opportunities, Human Resources Inc., Effort, PA


Using the Health Matters Curriculum with the Project SEARCH® Program Model

January, 18th, 2018 (1pm-2pm Central Time / 2pm-3pm Eastern Time)

Project SEARCH is committed to supporting health and fitness education during the transition to employment. Accordingly, Project SEARCH partnered with UnitedHealthcare last year to provide Project SEARCH sites with Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities. More recently, we were awarded a grant from the Ohio DD Council to study the use of the Health Matters curriculum in the context of Project SEARCH. As a first step, we surveyed Project SEARCH Instructors on their experience with the Health Matters curriculum and other health and fitness activities. The purpose was to learn about both the successes and obstacles that instructors encountered. The results of that survey will be presented here, and we plan to gather additional information from members of the audience in an informal focus group discussion. Ultimately, we plan to create and test a clear set of guidelines for integrating the Health Matters curriculum into Project SEARCH in a manner that will optimize learning of health and fitness principles without interfering with the primary Project SEARCH goal of competitive employment.

Maryellen Daston, Program Specialist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH; Julie Christensen, Director, Center for Disabilities and Development (UCEDD), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Dennis Cleary, Co-Director of the Transition, Employment, and Technology (TET) Lab, Columbus, OH; Karen Guo, Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Beth Marks, Research Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; Jasmina Sisirak, Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL


Mindfulness: Strategies for Building Success and Wellness in the 21st Century Workforce

February, 15th, 2018 (1pm-2pm Central Time / 2pm-3pm Eastern Time)

This webinar will discuss the use of mindfulness strategies for building success and wellness among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) within their worksites. “Mindfulness tools” will be reviewed for participants to incorporate with their students and employees with IDD in the classroom or in the workplace.

Stefanie Patterson, Cape Cod, Riverview School’s Project SEARCH Instructor


 

PLEASE NOTE

  • There is no cost for these webinars.
  • CEUs are not offered for these webinars.
  • For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak ([email protected]) at least 10 days before the webinars.

The webinars are hosted by the HealthMatters ProgramTM in partnership with Project SEARCH® and funded by The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD). The RRTCDD is funded through United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Grant # 90RT5020-01-00, and a grant from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council.

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