Policy Development and Health Promotion

Many community health promotion programs do not reach or include people with disabilities in their program design. Increased risk for serious health conditions, coupled cirwith existing barriers, underscore the importance of including people with disabilities in public health efforts. Development and implementation of health promotion interventions for people with disabilities must be supported by the public health community. Inclusive public health programs would more effectively reach underserved populations and promote a reduction of health disparities experienced by people with disabilities.10  Many health promotion interventions already in place for the population at large may be easily adapted to the needs of people with disabilities.11  One reason for the lack of inclusion may be due to the lack of training. During public health training, very few students have received specific training on how to incorporate people with disabilities leaving a gap in Essential Public Health Service 8  – Assure a Competent Public and Personal Health Care Workforce.