WF–Wichita Co. Health District receives grant for disability inclusion planning

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The National Association of County and City Health Officials has granted the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Health District $10,000 to help gather data supporting the health of people with disabilities.

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) —Wichita County will soon be home to a new project supporting disability inclusion.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials granted the Wichita Falls–Wichita County Health District $10,000 to help gather data to support the health of people with disabilities.

Health district officials will use a community health planning framework and resource guide for disability inclusion through something called Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships, or MAPP.

Wichita County-Wichita Falls is one of just two departments in the nation to receive this grant, out of the nearly 3,000 departments NACCHO represents.

Director of Health Lou Kreidler said this grant is important after looking at what the area may be lacking in with planning.

“Our planning process, the assessments that we do in our community, one of the things that we realized that we really needed to include more work on and to look at in our planning process was disability inclusion,” Kreidler said. “So including those who have both learning and physical disabilities.”

In order to receive this grant, local health officials had to show their experience using the process to improve community health plans.

This will go before Wichita Falls City Council Tuesday, Jan. 7.

The district will host several community meetings in the near future, dates are to be determined.

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