AAHD is involved in numerous initiatives and programs that focus on health promotion and wellness, reducing health disparities, and integrating disability into the overall public health agenda for children and adults with disabilities. In addition to the sub-links listed under the Initiatives Link on the AAHD website, AAHD staff are involved in other initiatives and programs.
AAHD produces a weekly electronic newsletter, Disability and Public Health in the Media, and a quarterly electronic newsletter, Health and Disability. The official journal of AAHD is the peer reviewed and Medline indexed, Disability and Health Journal (www.disabilityandhealthjnl.com) that is available to AAHD members at a discounted price (www.aahd.us/membership). The Disability and Health Journal, published quarterly, is the first peer reviewed journal in the field of disability and health and is a scholarly, scientific and multidisciplinary journal for reporting original contributions that advance knowledge in disability and health. The DHJO was launched in 2008.
AAHD also utilizes various social media strategies to reach our members, friends and those interested in disability and health. Please follow AAHD on Twitter (aahd1), Facebook and LinkedIn. In addition, to disseminate our content, AAHD utilizes multiple list serves and PRWeb to distribute AAHD press releases.
The AAHD Health Promotion Resource Center (HPRC) hosts current programmatic and scientific information on disability and health. The HPRC hosts “Research Abstracts” and “Best Practices” on Health Promotion and Wellness for People with Disabilities as well as links to state health departments and US territories programs and resources.
AAHD maintains an active role in national coalitions and serves in leadership roles on national task forces and coalitions. AAHD maintains memberships in the National Health Council, Coalition for Health Funding, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and leadership roles the American Public Health Association (APHA) Disability Section (Communication Chair), the Friends of National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Chair), Friends of NCBDDD Advocacy Coalition (Chair), and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Co-Chair Prevention Task Force. Please visit the Policy Page on the AAHD website to learn about AAHD legislative priorities www.aahd.us.
AAHD is very involved in women’s health issues for women with disabilities. During 2012, AAHD received a contract from the HHS Office of Women’s Health to conduct a Webinar on “Educating Women About the Programs, Benefits and Rights Under the Affordable Care Act.” Please visit:
For the past five years, AAHD has been a leader in breast health awareness and education for both healthcare providers and women with disabilities through grants received from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Please visit the Initiatives link, Susan G. Komen, to learn more about our current and prior Komen funded projects (www.aahd.us/initiatives/susan-g-komen-grants).
Please check back regularly for updates to the AAHD Initiatives page.