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Anna Haslund on Making Healthcare Decisions

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To find a health care provider, contact Montana Primary Care Association or the Montana Office on Rural Health. If you are older or have a disability, you also can contact your local aging services or center for independent living at 406-443-4332


To build vaccine confidence with people with disabilities and older adults, the Administration on Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are funding trusted local trusted disability and aging partners in U.S. states. In Montana, the ACL/CDC funding is supporting the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, the Montana Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Rights Montana, Montana Centers for Independent Living, Area Agencies on Aging and Aging and Disability Resources Centers. Together these funded partners are coordinating on several activities including several public service announcements to connect people with disabilities and older adults resources that could help them learn more about vaccinations and options for accessing vaccination options.

Other Resources

•    Help with COVID-19 vaccinations for people with disabilities: Call 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) - or - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
•    CDC What People with Disabilities and Care Providers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
•    Learn more about ACL COVID-19 Vaccination resources for people with disabilities and older adults.
•    AARP What to Know About the Coronavirus Vaccines: Questions continue as millions of Americans get immunized
•    FDA COVID-19 Vaccines. The FDA has regulatory processes in place to facilitate the development of COVID-19 vaccines that meet the FDA's rigorous scientific standards.
•    Find other state, local and tribal partners available to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccinations.

2021 Community Investment Fund

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Applications for the 2021 Community Investment Fund are now being accepted! The Community Investment Fund is made available annually for innovative projects that help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play in their communities alongside people without disabilities. Any Montana organization, agency, non-profit group, or individual with a creative idea developed by/with people with disabilities to promote community inclusion is eligible to apply. To learn more, watch the CIF video and visit the CIF website.

Skills and Strategies for Health Care Decision-Making with Children

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Being a decision-maker for your own healthcare is important. Families and healthcare providers want children to become good decision-makers. For some children this takes more support, practice, and some special tools. Learning this skill should begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. The Skills and Strategies for Health Care Decision-Making guide helps families and healthcare providers support children to learn the skills they need.

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