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Program

Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute

The Center on Disability is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through disability policy, civil rights, disability law, employment, health issues, independent living, and emergency preparedness. The Center's disability-related projects use expertise in research, technical assistance, training and information dissemination.

Program Director(s)

Erica C. Jones
Lewis Kraus

Program Site

www.centerondisability.org

Projects

Assessing the Community Guide's Use for Disability Populations

The Center conducted a research project using expert interviews and focus groups to determine the applicability of the Guide to Community Preventive Services (the Community Guide) to disability populations. The research resulted in a paper with the CDC in the American Journal Of Preventive Medicine in 2017.

California For All Statewide Emergency Preparedness Campaign - Alameda County

The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute through a grant by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is providing emergency preparedness training and resources to vulnerable Access and Functional Needs (AFN) populations through local community-based organizations (CBOs) in Alameda county. Using the local CBOs to provide 1-on-1 information and group training, the grant aims to engage 250,000 individuals with AFN in the county through December 2020.

California For All Statewide Emergency Preparedness Campaign - El Dorado County

The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute through a grant by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is providing emergency preparedness training and resources to vulnerable Access and Functional Needs (AFN) populations through local community-based organizations (CBOs) in El Dorado county. Using the local CBOs to provide 1-on-1 information and group training, the grant aims to engage 30,000 individuals with AFN in the county through December 2020.

California For All Statewide Emergency Preparedness Campaign - Nevada County

The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute through a grant by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is providing emergency preparedness training and resources to vulnerable Access and Functional Needs (AFN) populations through local community-based organizations (CBOs) in Nevada county. Using the local CBOs to provide 1-on-1 information and group training, the grant aims to engage 18,000 individuals with AFN in the county through December 2020.

Emergency Personal Assistance Services for the Disabled in the 21st Century

The Center on Disability at PHI conducted critical research on emergency preparedness behaviors of people with disabilities who use personal assistance services for the Center on Personal Assistance Services at the University of California, San Francisco. The research resulted in a published paper in the American Journal of Disaster Medicine in 2013.

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability

The Center on Disability worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners on a National Public Health Practice and Resource Center on Health Promotion, Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity for People with Disabilities. The Center created an implementation manual and guidelines for ensuring that people with disabilities are included in prevention efforts.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on Disability Statistics and Demographics

This subcontract to the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability provided local level disability data to independent living, vocational rehabilitation, public health and emergency management agencies. Through this agreement, our Center authored the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Disability Statistics Annual Reports.


Here's How We're Making a Difference

Including Persons with Disabilities in Health Promotion Campaigns

Based on recommendations by PHI’s Center on Disability, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is updating its Community Guide to Preventive Services to include considerations for people with disabilities. Considerations include physical accessibility of facilities and equipment used for health promotion and alternative formats for health communication for people who are blind.