Including People with Disabilities Public Health Competencies Shannon

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Including People with Disabilities – Public Health Competencies Shannon M. Haworth, MA Adriane K.

Including People with Disabilities – Public Health Competencies Shannon M. Haworth, MA Adriane K. Griffen, Dr. PH(c), MPH, MCHES Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Background People with disabilities make up 19% of the adult population and are more likely to experience chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease as compared to people without disabilities. 1 Research also indicates that people with disabilities are less likely to report receiving recommended clinical preventive services. 2 One in five Americans— over 54 million—have a disability, yet many public health programs do not include them in their program design. From 2010 -2011 the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) funded the AUCD public health team to develop the Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Competencies. Funding was renewed in 2015. The Competencies were designed to increase disability knowledge among public health professionals, and will ultimately enable them to develop programs and activities that include people with disabilities. The Competencies align with and support the MCH Leadership Competencies as well as the Essential Public Health Services. The Competencies will be a significant resource for MCH Schools of Public Health and MCH training programs (LEND, PPC, DBP, etc. ). The website to disseminate the Competencies and learning modules will be available in June 2016. For more information visit: www. aucd. org/competencies Competency 1: Discuss disability models across the lifespan MCH Leadership Competencies Essential Public Health Services Self: Competency 1 MCH Knowledge Base/Context Wider Community: Competency 12 Policy and Advocacy 1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems. 2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community. 8. Assure a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce Competency 3: Identify how public health programs impact health outcomes for people with disabilities MCH Leadership Competencies Essential Public Health Services Self: Competency 1 - MCH Knowledge Base/Context 3. Inform, educate, and Others: empower people about health issues. Competency 7 Cultural Competency 8. Assure a competent public Wider Community: health and personal healthcare workforce Competency 12 Policy and Advocacy Contact: Shannon M. Haworth, [email protected] org Competency 2: Discuss methods used to assess health issues for people with disabilities MCH Leadership Competencies Essential Public Health Services Self: Competency 1 MCH Knowledge Base/Context Competency 4 Critical Thinking Wider Community: Competency 11 Working with Communities and Systems 8. Assure a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce 9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services. 10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems. Competency 12 Policy and Advocacy 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 MCH Leadership Competencies Others: Competency 5 Communication Competency 6 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Competency 7 - Cultural Competency 8 Family-centered Care Competency 10 Interdisciplinary Team Building Wider Community: Competency 11 - Working with Communities and Systems Competency 12 Policy and Advocacy Essential Public Health Services 4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems. 5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts. 6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety. 7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable 8. Assure a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce 2016