Online Program

ADA Participation Action Research Consortium: Addressing Disparities in Social Determinants of Health among People with Disabilities

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Katherine McDonald, PhD, Public Health, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Joy Hammel, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Louis Fogg, PhD, Community Systems and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL
Twenty five years following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities continue to experience persistent disparities in community living, community participation, and economic participation. The ADA Participation Action Research Consortium -- a partnership of ADA Centers and researchers – is using multi-level data to examine factors influencing social determinants of health, identify key disparities and strategically address them in partnership with regional and local communities. Although we have seen the growth of “community indicator” and “strategic gap analysis” initiatives in aging, public health, housing, and planning fields, these efforts have largely not been inclusive and representative of indicators of highest priority and relevance to people with disabilities. We will present two sets of interrelated findings: (1) national indicators of disparities experienced by people with disabilities in community living, community participation, and economic participation and (2) the development of related indices that capture how well a geographical area is performing among these keys areas of community participation. The indices are estimated across two units of analysis (state and city level data) and are designed such that they allow for the rank ordering of geographic entities as well as to allow the inclusion of new, unmeasured indicators that may emerge in the future. We will also discuss our knowledge translation process of working with regional steering committees to reduce disparities in social determinants of health and increase opportunities within and across communities for people with disabilities.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify social disparities experienced by people with disabilities.

Keyword(s): Disabilities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the the health and well-being of people with disabilities. My scientific interests include social determinants of health, access to healthcare, research ethics, and participatory research.
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.