The American Association on Health and Disability plays an important role in disability policy and advocacy at the national level. AAHD strives to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities receive attention and respect on the national legislative agenda. AAHD is involved in numerous disability coalitions and networks that address the needs of people with disabilities. Please visit the Policy site to learn more about our activities in this area.
AAHD staff maintain an active role in Washington, DC to ensure that health promotion and wellness for people with disabilities is on the disability and healthcare agenda. AAHD strives to ensure that disability is part of the overall public health agenda in this country. AAHD staff have positions on the HHS National Quality Forum; APHA, Disability Section, Executive Council; the CDC, NCBDDD, External Partner Group, Executive Committee; Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities-CCD and serve on the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Task Force; National Health Council; Coalition for Health Funding; Disability Rehabilitation and Research Coalition; Coalition for Whole Health, Patient Care Primary Care Collaborative; and other coalitions advocating for policy that works towards reducing health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population and reducing the incidence of secondary conditions in children and adults with disabilities.