239459 Impact of ADA Implementation on Public Health Professionals: Results of a Needs Assessment

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 11:06 AM

Jill Bezyak, PhD, CRC , Human Rehabilitative Services, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Jana Burke, PhD , DBTAC Rocky Mountain ADA Center, Meeting the Challenge, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO
Patricia Yeager, MS , DBTAC: Rocky Mountain ADA Center, Meeting the Challenge, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO
Following an initial qualitative needs assessment, The DBTAC Rocky Mountain ADA Center has continued the investigation of ADA implementation, related successes and challenges, and knowledge of the ADA among health care organizations and professionals in the Rocky Mountain region. Quantitative surveys were developed based on the results of the initial needs assessment, and surveys were distributed to health care providers across the Rocky Mountain region. Topics covered in the survey include disability awareness, knowledge of the ADA, current ADA implementation efforts, implementation successes and challenges, and strategies for information dissemination to health care professionals. Researchers will present results of the mixed-methods design highlighting the current level of disability and ADA awareness among health care providers, along with obstacles and best practices in ADA implementation. Strategies for minimizing gaps in ADA knowledge, improving ADA implementation, effectively disseminating information to professionals, and policy and practice changes needed to create more accessible communities across the country will be discussed. Plans for future research and implications and strategies for public health professionals and people with disabilities will also be reviewed.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Assess knowledge and awareness of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and implementation successes and challenges among health care providers in the Rocky Mountain region 2. Examine ADA information needs of health care providers in the Rocky Mountain region. 3. Discuss implications of ADA implementation efforts in the health care arena on public health professionals and people with disabilities.

Keywords: Access and Services, Disability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conduct clinical practice, research, and academic instruction in the areas of disability and health promotion.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.