Disability and Public Health

In Disability and Public Health, Charles Drum, MPA, JD, PhD; Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH, and Hank Bersani, Jr., PhD, explore the changing public health perspective on and responses to disability. Although public health is an ever-evolving field, the academic discipline has been slow to incorporate disabilities into the public health practice, research, and curriculum. A central tenet of this book is that the current fragmentation of knowledge about disability must be rectified by providing a thorough introduction to disability issues to students of public health and related disciplines.

Disability and Public Health is engaging, reflects a broad and deep understanding of the history of public health and people with disabilities, and points the way to a brighter future. According to Krahn, public health is responsible for being a change agent to reduce the health disparities of people with disabilities. The book says “The poorer health status of persons with disabilities has moved from being largely invisible to being recognized as an intolerable state that requires action. … Public health has the philosophical underpinnings and professional infrastructure to lead and coordinate initiatives to address these disparities.”

The book is roughly 200 pages and is divided into 11 chapters:

  1. An Introduction to Disability and Public Health
  2. A Brief History of Public Health
  3. Models and Approaches to Disability
  4. A Personal Perspective on Historical Views of Disability
  5. Culture and Disabilities
  6. Governmental Policies and Programs for People with Disabilities
  7. Fundamentals of Disability Epidemiology
  8. Health of People with Disabilities: Determinants and Disparities
  9. Health Promotion for People with Disabilities
  10. Nobody Left Behind: Disaster Preparedness and Public Health Response for People with Disabilities
  11. Public Health as a Change Agent for Disability

Leslie Rubin, M.D., Emory University, said, “This book examines the circumstances of disability from a personal, cultural, environmental, clinical, and policy perspective, and it ties this together in a public health paradigm which is both enlightening and exciting.”

Disability and Public Health is published by the American Public Health Association and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. It is available atwww.amazon.com