Alignment with Service Standards in Public Health Departments

10 Essential Public Health Services
Including People with Disabilities: Public Health  Workforce Competencies  (AUCD and CDC) 

·         Inform, educate and empower people about health issues.

·         Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.

·         Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.


·         Assure a competent public and personal health care workforce.

Competency 1: Discuss disability models across the lifespan


Learning Objectives:

1.1. Compare and contrast different models of disability

1.2. Define model(s) of disability for a particular scope of work or population served

1.3. Describe the Social Determinants of health and how they affect health disparities for people with disabilities



·         Monitor and evaluate health status to identify and solve community health problems.

·         Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.


·         Assure a competent public and personal health care workforce.

Competency 2: Discuss methods used to assess health issues for people with disabilities.


Learning Objectives:

2.1. Identify surveillance systems used to capture data that includes people with disabilities

2.2. Recognize that disability can be used as a demographic variable



·         Assure a competent public and personal health care workforce.

·         Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

Competency 3: Identify how public health programs impact health outcomes for people with disabilities



Learning Objectives:

3.1. Recognize health issues of people with disabilities and health promotion strategies that can be used to address them

3.2. Use laws as a tool to support people with disabilities

3.3. Recognize accessibility standards, universal design, and principles of built environment that affect the health and quality of life for people with disabilities

3.4. Explain how public health services, governmental programs and non-governmental/community-based organizations interact with disability

3.5. Describe how communities (places where people live, work and recreate) can adapt to be fully inclusive of disability populations



·         Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.


·         Enforce laws and regulation that protest and ensure public health safety.

·         Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provisions of health care when otherwise unavailable.

·         Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.

Competency 4: Implement and evaluate strategies to include people with disabilities in public health programs that promote health, prevent disease, and manage chronic and other health conditions



Learning Objectives:

4.1. Describe factors that affect health care access for people with disabilities

4.2. Use strategies to integrate people with disabilities into health promotion programs

4.3. Identify emerging issues that impact people with disabilities

4.4. Define how environment can impact health outcomes for people with disabilities

4.5. Apply evaluation strategies (needs assessment, process evaluation, and program evaluation) that can be used to demonstrate impact for people with disabilities