Rutgers nursing professor edits book on health topics pertaining to persons with I/DD

NEWARK, N.J. A Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member has edited a book in which authors address 14 topics pertaining to the health and well being of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

"Health Promotion for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities," edited by Wendy M. Nehring, associate dean for academic affairs, at the College of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is the first book to provide a comprehensive review and analysis of scientific knowledge in the area of health promotion for people with I/DD.

The chapters in this book, published by American Association of Mental Retardation, were based on the authors' presentations at a national conference to address health topics specifically concerning persons with I/DD.

Some of the topics covered in the book include smoking, drug use, hypertension, obesity, women's health concerns, mental health, exercise, case management and respiratory conditions in the child and in the adult.

Nehring, a Fellow and board member of the American Association on Mental Retardation, said the 14 topics presented in this book are based on the leading health indicators as identified by the Health People 2010 Initiative and priority areas in health care specified by the Institute of Medicine.

"Health Promotions provides a solid basis for developing interventions and solutions to eliminate health disparities that exist for persons with I/DD," said Nehring, who is also the director of graduate program and associate professor at Rutgers College of Nursing and a Clifton, N.J. resident. "We need to be more diligent in providing optimal health care for persons with I/DD that includes the promotion of healthy lifestyles."


Contact: Miguel Tersy
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

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