One in four people have a disability. That’s over 61 million people living in communities across the country, yet public health efforts do not consistently include them. We work to change that. We use evidence-based strategies and data to make this change happen.
National Center Tools to Get Going
The Including People with Disabilities – Public Health Workforce Competencies are designed to increase the capacity of public health providers to include people with disabilities in their public health plans and efforts. Designed specifically for professionals already working in the public health field, the competencies provide foundational knowledge around the relationship between disability and public health programs and outcomes.
Public Health is for Everyone is an online toolkit which serves as a one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. The PHEtoolkit provides public health professionals with resources to enhance their planning efforts in key issue areas.
The Foundational Principles for Sustainable Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disability, developed in collaboration with Special Olympics International, supports national-level organizations to adopt and promote inclusive approaches to health for people with intellectual disability (ID). This resource provides organizations with necessary principles and guidelines to ensure the full and sustainable inclusion of people with ID in health policies and laws, programming, services, training programs, research, and funding streams.
Disability Impacts All of Us – Infographics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describing how disability has effect people.
Disability Prevalence Data – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on the prevalence of disabilities and health care access by disability status and type among adults in the United States.
National Information and Reporting System (NIRS) NIRS is the national, web-based data reporting and retrieval system for the AUCD Network. NIRS houses data on programs, projects, activities, and products across a variety of public health issues.
National Center Approach
Through our practice-based research, Inclusion Wheel: Tool for Building Capacity and Public Health Leaders to Serve People With Disabilities, we have identified five key ways to support inclusion of people who have disabilities in public health efforts. Use of facilitative leadership, taking advantage of timing, systematic reflection, sufficient support and personal commitment are key supports to make inclusion happen.
These five areas contribute to successful outcomes. These areas serve as the framework approach for the National Center and the communities of practice we facilitate.
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