Disability and Public Health

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This unique book provides a thorough introduction to disability issues to students of public health and related disciplines. Public health professionals have had few opportunities to learn about disability in a public health context. Now Disability and Public Health provides a thorough road map to professionals and describes how disability complements a public health context. By promoting an understanding of disability, the book provides a basis for enhancing the success of all of public health initiatives.

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Provides a thorough introduction to disability issues to students of public health and related disciplines
Textbook based on Curriculum that has been tested and proven to work in university settings
Provides a roadmap on how disability complements public health context
Sets the stage for a dialogue on health promotion and quality of life of people with disabilities rather than prevention only
Provides a basis for enhancing the success of all of public health initiatives by promoting an understanding of disability
Provides physicians, policy makers, and professionals in disability and public health a common language and a framework to mount a public health response to disability
Helps understand the health disparities that exist with people with disability and develop better healthcare system

SELECTION OF TOPICS COVERED BY THE BOOK

History and culture of disability
Advocacy and the role of government and public policy in disability
Disability epidemiology
Disparities and determinants of disability
Models of approach to disability
Disability and health promotion
Disaster preparedness

Since 1876, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has been providing worldwide leadership in the field of disabilities. AAIDD is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and citizens concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities.

AAIDD publishes books for professionals in developmental disability in the areas of:

-Supported living
-Definition of intellectual disability
-Disability funding
-Positive behavior support
-Palliative care
-Quality of life
-Health

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Charles E. Drum JD, Ph.D., is Assistant Director of CDRC for Public Health, Community Outreach and Policy at the Oregon Health & Sciences University. Gloria L.. Krahn Ph.D., M.P.H, is Adjunct Associate Professor and Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at the Oregon Health & Sciences University. Hank Bersani, Jr., is Professor of Special Education at Western Oregon University.

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This text will most certainly become a cornerstone for building a public health discipline that will help develop a more comprehensive approach to understanding the ecology of health disparities for people with disabilities and strategies to improve access to affordable, quality health care. --Leslie Rubin, M.D., Emory University

Disability and Public Health is an important and overdue contribution to the core curriculum of disability studies in public health education. With its broad cross-disability and consumer-centric focus, nothing quite like this book of readings has been published, to my knowledge, with a public health perspective. This is a thought-provoking and enlightening book for students, faculty, administrators, and service providers in public health and for the disability related clinical professions. --David Braddock, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, University of Colorado System

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