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Disability and Health: Implications for Public Health Practice

Originally broadcast January 15, 2009

Introductions by:
Barbara Devore

Deputy Director, Center for Community Health New York State Department of Health

Margaret A. Turk, MD
Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatrics SUNY Upstate Medical University

Andrea Haenlin-Mott
ADA Coordinator for Facilities Services at
Cornell University

Theresa Paeglow
Program Manager, New York State Department of Health
Disability and Health Program

Disability is a major health concern across the entire age spectrum. Historically, it has been equated with inferior health status, with the health needs of persons with disabilities considered only in relation to their particular limitations. Often the management of the primary disabling condition has been the overriding concern, with less attention paid to the generally recommended standards of health screening and disease prevention.

After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the definitions and trends in disability.
  • Identify health conditions associated with disabilities as well as the early recognition and prevention of those conditions.
  • Describe the benefit of health promotion for people with disabilities.