A Story of Health Developmental Disabilities: Amelia’s Story

Course: SS4306
CE Original Date: April 1, 2020
CE Renewal Date: April 1, 2022
CE Expiration Date: April 1, 2024

A Story of Health: Learning/Developmental Disabilities is one module in A Story of Health which conveys complex concepts about multiple influences on health through a family reunion scenario, allowing stories to emerge about family members with a range of diseases, which we will explore from a case study perspective. This storyline allows for geographic distribution including family members from rural, suburban, and city locales, as well as for ethnic diversity via marriage, adoption, etc.

Each story reveals the constellation of genetics and environmental circumstances that might affect the particular disease (in this case learning/developmental disabilities), and brings in the latest available science. An introduction describes the ecological approach to health and its many variables. The stories are enhanced by a variety of media including sidebars, pop-up boxes, illustrations, graphics, videos and links to additional resources and key journal references.

Training Objectives:
At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify potential prenatal causes of developmental disabilities.
  2. Identify potential pregnancy issues associated with developmental disabilities.
  3. Describe protective actions that can help protect the developing fetus.
  4. Describe healthy behaviors associated with good preconception health.
  5. Describe potential birth/delivery issues associated with developmental disabilities.
  6. Describe the benefits of an enriched social and education environments on a young child.
  7. Identify environmental agents that are associated with developmental disabilities.
  8. Describe how to improve collaborative practice across the healthcare team regarding the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disabilities.

To access A Story of Health: Learning/Developmental Disabilities, please visit A Story of Health: Learning/Developmental Disabilities training module pdf icon[PDF – 7.6 MB]external icon.

To access the full multi-media eBook, please visit A Story of Health EBookexternal icon.

Mark Miller, MD, MPH, Director Western States Pediatric Environmental, Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)
Ted Schettler MD, Science Director, Science and Environmental Health Network, Commonweal

Development Coordinators
Brian Tencza, M.Ed., Team Lead, ATSDR
Maria Valenti, Science Education Director Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Commonweal

Who is this training for?
Physicians, Registered Nurses, Health Educators and other health professionals

What is this training about?
A Story of Health begins with a family reunion that brings you into the lives of fictional people with some of the chronic illnesses that are a serious problem for the health of our nation – asthma, developmental disabilities, cancer, infertility, diabetes, and cognitive decline. Through their stories, you’ll learn the potential causes of these diseases and conditions, and explore prevention strategies.

They are stories about our health as individuals, families and communities. The stories highlight the many ways our health is affected by the environments where we live, eat, work, play, pray, volunteer, gather and socialize.

These stories also illustrate how we can prevent disease and promote health.

This interactive eBook includes colorful illustrations and graphics, videos from health and policy experts, links to numerous resources, and more, to help readers navigate the complex world of health.

Who developed this continuing education training?
A Story of Health is a collaboration among the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency (OEHHA), the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN), and the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU).

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Continuing Education
In support of improving patient care, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this activity for 2.25 nursing contact hours.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer .2 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 2.0. Continuing Competency credits available are 2.0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a preapproved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 2.0 CPH recertification credits for this program.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)
In order to receive continuing education (CE) for SS4306 – A Story of Health, Developmental Disabilities Amelia’s Story please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before April 1, 2024.

Complete the activity
Complete the Evaluation at www.cdc.gov/GetCE

Pass the posttest at 80% at www.cdc.gov/GetCE

To receive free continuing education, please visit A Story of Health Learning/Developmental Disabilities CE registration page

To access A Story of Health: Learning/Developmental Disabilities, please visit http://wspehsu.ucsf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/sohealth_amelia_0803b.pdf pdf icon[PDF – 7.6 MB]external icon

Fees: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Training Module Information
A basic knowledge of medicine or related basics of human health promotion at a professional level is desired.


This activity is Self-Study/Web on Demand.

In compliance with continuing education requirements, all planners and presenters must disclose all financial relationships, in any amount, with ineligible companies during the previous 24 months.

CDC, our planners, and content experts wish to disclose they have no financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept financial or in-kind support from ineligible companies for this continuing education activity.

Contact Information
Office of Capacity Development and Applied Prevention Science
(770) 488-0715

Page last reviewed: April 5, 2022