Consumers discuss vegetables at a healthy eating workshop.

Deaf Health, now integrated with Independent Living, offers health support services to the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened community of Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Deaf Health is based in our Boston office, but we collaborate with DEAF, Inc.’s regional offices and partner with other agencies to meet individual and community needs for health information and support.

Our health support services include the following components. Click on a component to jump to that section.

•  Health Support & Advocacy
•  Long-Term Support Services (LTSS)
•  Annual Deaf Community Health Fair
•  Health Vlogs in ASL
•  Information & Referrals

Health Support & Advocacy

▪ 1:1 support for people who want to manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, hepatitis, or HIV
▪ 1:1 support with making health-related goals and achieving them
▪ 1:1 support with understanding your health situation, medications, doctor’s instructions, nutrition, health insurance, and more
▪ Advocacy before, during, and after medical appointments, including communication access advocacy

Long-Term Support Services (LTSS)

▪ Connect people who use Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA)/One Care health insurance to services and supports for personal care support they need at home. Examples of LTSS services include homemakers, PCAs, transportation, and managing money.
▪ We work closely with your CCA Care Team to ensure that your needs are met.
▪ Health support services also provided.

To request LTSS services through DEAF, Inc.'s Deaf Health program, please contact your CCA Care Manager or call CCA Member Services at 866-610-2273.

Health Education and Literacy

▪ Healthy Eating for Successful Living – 6-week program on nutrition, includes reading food labels, setting health-related goals, field trips to a grocery store and to a restaurant, and more. Begins early 2016.
▪ My Life, My Health – 6-week program on managing chronic diseases, includes understanding medications, peer support, talking with your doctor to make informed decisions, and more. Begins mid-2016.
▪ A Matter of Balance – 8-week program on building strength to prevent falls and home safety. Begins mid-2016.

Annual Deaf Community Health Fair

An anticipated annual event since 2001, Deaf Health’s Annual Deaf Community Health Fair attracts hundreds of Deaf community members each year and is a wonderful opportunity to learn about new and interesting health topics, chat with local health and medical service providers, and get free health screenings, including confidential rapid HIV testing. All health workshops, health screenings, and exhibits are free and communication-accessible, with over 25 ASL and tactile interpreters and CDIs present to facilitate communication between signing and non-signing participants. Join us next spring!

Health Vlogs

Deaf Health also creates vlogs about important health topics. Watch our latest vlog below, or check out our other vlogs at our YouTube channel. Become a subscriber today to receive updates and news about new vlogs!

Information and Referrals

At Deaf Health, you and your family, friends or service providers can get answers to a wide variety of questions related to health and local health services. We can provide information and supported referrals to other programs that can address your need. DEAF, Inc. also offers technical assistance and training for other providers (including health and medical professionals and local human service agencies) who want to improve cultural competency and service accessibility for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people. For links to resources and information about major programs and services serving the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened community, including health-related resources, please visit our Resources page.

If you would like to request health support services for yourself or someone else, please click here.

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