Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshop: Can Physical Activity Improve the Health of Wheelchair Users?

March 30-31, 2020


In support of the Office of Personnel Management guidance to strengthen our efforts to protect the federal workforce to ensure continuity of operations, NIH is urging that all large meetings and symposia that are not mission critical and are scheduled to be held at NIH facilities or organized by NIH over the next 30 days either be held virtually using tele/videoconferencing services, postponed, or cancelled.

This workshop will be postponed until the fall. More information will be available soon. Please contact with any questions.


National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), NICHD; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Office of Disease Prevention, Office of the NIH Director


Location will be announced with new fall dates


The 2010 census estimated that 3.6 million Americans use a wheeled mobility device, such as a manual wheelchair, motorized wheelchair, or scooter, and could be up to four times higher by 2020. Individuals who use wheeled mobility devices often experience distinct health challenges and may encounter barriers to accessing preventive healthcare and getting enough physical activity. Physical activity interventions are likely to have wide-ranging effects on the overall health of people who use wheeled mobility devices and may improve their workforce participation, independence, and quality of life. Gaps exist in the literature regarding the impact of physical activity on the overall health of individuals who use wheeled mobility devices, as well as safe and effective types and doses of exercise.

This P2P workshop will assess the available scientific evidence through a systematic review. It also aims to engage with a community of wheeled mobility device users to better understand the potential benefits of physical activity interventions for people at risk of using, or currently using, wheeled mobility devices as a result of a disabling injury or illness.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required even if you are attending remotely by videocast. It is geared toward researchers, healthcare professionals, and non-scientists. Individuals who use wheeled mobility devices and caregivers are particularly encouraged to attend.


Dr. Joe Bonner, NCMRR, NICHD
Phone: 301-827-8303

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