Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities

Insight into inclusive planning practices is the outcome of the Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities project led locally by Siouxland District Health Department Health Planner Angela Drent, as Lead Coach, and SIMPCO’s Dawn Kimmel, as Community Partner Coach. The pilot project provided 10 communities in five states with training and resources to identify and implement permanent policy, system and environment changes that improve inclusive practices throughout the community. Collaboration with an extensive list of community partners and the Disability and Health Coalition has resulted in the increased inclusivity in accessing health care and healthy food choices as well as physical activity.

To see a highlight of each community’s efforts, please view the video here.  The Sioux City portion of highlights the Climbing Wall at the Long Lines Rec Center.

If you would like to have an assessment to determine how your organization can be more inclusive, contact SIMPCO ( for more information