The NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) Announces the Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Can Physical Activity Improve the Health of Wheelchair Users?

Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-010

Key Dates
Release Date: October 21, 2019

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Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)


Workshop Details

NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop:
Can Physical Activity Improve the Health of Wheelchair Users?
March 30–31, 2020
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45), NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD
Register to Attend:

The NIH is hosting the Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Can Physical Activity Improve the Health of Wheelchair Users? to assess the available scientific evidence to better understand the potential benefits of physical activity interventions for people at risk of using, or currently using, wheeled mobility devices.


The 2010 census estimated that 3.6 million Americans use a wheeled mobility device, such as a manual wheelchair, motorized wheelchair, or scooter. This number is projected to be four times higher in 2020. Individuals who use wheeled mobility devices often experience distinct health challenges and poor health outcomes and may also encounter barriers to accessing preventive healthcare and getting sufficient physical activity. Physical activity interventions are likely to have wide-ranging impacts 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.

The workshop is being co-sponsored by the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; and NIH Office of Disease Prevention.

This will be the ninth workshop convened as part of the NIH Pathways to Prevention program. Pathways to Prevention workshops identify research gaps and methodological and scientific weaknesses in a selected scientific area, suggest research needs, and move the field forward through an unbiased, evidence-based assessment of a complex public health issue.

Register Online

The workshop is free and open to the public, and is designed for researchers, healthcare professionals, and non-scientists. Individuals who use wheeled mobility devices and caregivers are particularly encouraged to attend. Registration is required, and attendees can join either in person or via NIH VideoCast (in-person attendance is strongly encouraged). To register to attend the workshop and to receive the latest information about the workshop, visit

More Information

For more information, visit the workshop webpage.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Keisha L. Shropshire, M.P.H.
P2P Coordinator
Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
Telephone: 301-827-5581