Online Program

Future for Disability and Public Health

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Gloria L. Krahn, PhD, MPH, Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
“Disability” is an emerging area within public health, with a brief 25 year history. Its focus has evolved to recognize disability as an important public health population that experiences disparities in health and many of the important social determinants of health such as employment, access to health care and health promotion, and need for improved data. Legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and current health reform provide direction and leverage for public health action. Public health has a critical role to play in promoting health and full participation of people with disabilities in their families, communities, and societies. International organizations such as WHO and the UN are important allies in promoting rights and wellbeing of people with disabilities.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Explain the historical background to disability and public health. Identify rights and opportunities through Americans with Disabilities Act and health reform. Discuss partnership opportunities to reduce disparities and promote full participation.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as Director of the Office on Disability within the Department of Health and Human Services. I have had 30 years of experience working in disability and health, co-edited the first textbook on Disability and Public Health, and served as Chair of the Disability Section of APHA.
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.