Inclusive Health

Inclusive Health

Special Olympics Arizona’s Health initiative strives to expand those with intellectual disabilities access to health care and wellness resources from a series of single events, to a steady presence in the lives of our athletes and their families at a statewide level.

Gianna Zola
Health Programs Coordinator
Direct: 602.476.0853
Hannah Stewart
Programs Assistant
Direct: 602-476-0853

 

Special Olympics is the largest public health organization for people in intellectual disabilities (ID). There is often a misconception that the poor health of people with ID is due to their disability. Research has shown that it is in fact a result of a breakdown in health education, health promotion, and health care. Special Olympics Arizona’s Health Programs works to address these problems to improve the health of our Athletes. SOAZ focuses on the basic health, wellness and education for persons with ID, as well as improving access to quality health care year around for Athletes in their own communities.

 

In 2016, Special Olympics Arizona received the Golisano Health Leadership Award and was recognized as a Healthy Community and joined a community with over 21,825 healthcare professionals and students to provide ongoing, community-based care for patients with intellectual disabilities. Healthy Communities is a model Special Olympics Health program made possible by the Golisano Foundation and addresses the severe health disparities faced by people with intellectual disabilities through immediate and long-term solutions.

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