The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health partnered with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities to create a video resource on systems navigation for Philadelphia residents with disabilities and their families. The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) provided funding to the Pennsylvania Public Health Department for a sustainable advocacy and systems change project to improve systems of health care for children and youth with disabilities.
The project features a variety of community-based organizations who provide education, training, and recreational activities for both adults and children with disabilities related to systems navigation. Each organizational representative shared their mission and how to contact their organization. We recognize there are additional organizations that provide diverse services to residents and encourage families to seek out the organizations that best meet their needs. You can reach out to the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for additional resources and referrals.
“Equitable access to information is a human right and this project put that into action to ensure that residents with disabilities of all ages and their families have access to information and resources to support a more equitable experience navigating services. It is with gratitude to the organizations that participated, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health and AMCHP that made this project possible”
-Amy Nieves, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
The Systems Navigation project aimed to increase accessibility and awareness of some of the services and resources available to meet the needs of people with disabilities in Philadelphia. The project also prioritized accessibility throughout the project and included American Sign Language and closed captioning in both English and Spanish. Downloadable accessible resource guides are available in both English and Spanish. We hope that this will be a valuable resource for family members, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities living in Philadelphia.