Public Health

Evolving views of disability and public health: The roles of advocacy and public health.

Promoting health, quality of life, and participation of persons with disabilities is a relatively recent development in public health. Its brief history reflects three distinct public health perspectives toward disability—a traditional approach that focuses on preventing disability, a contemporary approach that regards disability as a minority group experiencing disparities relative to people without disabilities, and an […]

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The role of public health in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and mental illness.

Racial/ethnic minority populations are underserved in the American mental health care system. Disparity in treatment between whites and African Americans has increased substantially since the 1990s. Racial/ethnic minorities may be disproportionately affected by limited English proficiency, remote geographic settings, stigma, fragmented services, cost, comorbidity of mental illness and chronic diseases, cultural understanding of health care […]

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A Public Health Action Plan For Paralysis And Similar Mobility Impairments

Paralysis Task Force convened by the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Format             Public Health Action Plan       In 2004, the Paralysis Task Force met to develop a Public Health Action Plan for Paralysis, a draft of which was released for review by Task Force members.  Some […]

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Collaborative partnerships at the state level: promoting systems changes in public health infrastructure.

Reforms in the public health infrastructure such as those called for in recent Institute of Medicine reports require stakeholder engagement on different levels than traditional grass-roots community work. The Turning Point Initiative, funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, involves 21 state-wide partnerships established for systems change and focused in specific areas of public health […]

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Managing complex systems: performance management in public health.

The complexity of mobilizing and managing systems-wide public health responses has prompted Turning Point’s Performance Management National Excellence Collaborative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to develop a conceptual framework for performance management in public health. The framework has four integrated parts: (1) performance standards, (2) performance measures, (3) reporting of progress, and (4) […]

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Public health infrastructure system change: outcomes from the turning point initiative.

 The Robert Wood Johnson and W.K. Kellogg Foundations created the Turning Point initiative to transform and strengthen the public health infrastructure. This study examined 135 public health system changes for their links to multiple sector collaborative engagement, essential public health services, health outcomes, and infrastructure building strategies. An on-line documentation system developed by the University […]

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Innovations in collaboration for the public’s health through the Turning Point Initiative: the W.K. Kellogg Foundation perspective.

The need for a more integrated public health system led the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to establish Turning Point (TP): Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health, with a goal of transforming and strengthening the current public health infrastructure. WKKF partners with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the National Association of County and City […]

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Disability as a public health issue: findings and reflections from the Massachusetts survey of secondary conditions.

Public health researchers and practitioners have begun to recognize the dynamic nature of disability, promote the health of people with disabilities, and develop strategies to prevent secondary conditions among them. To understand the epidemiology of secondary conditions, the authors developed the Massachusetts Survey of Secondary Conditions, a longitudinal study of adults with major disabilities (n […]

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Building community capacity in public health: the role of action-oriented partnerships.

Public health practice increasingly is concerned with the capacity and performance of communities to identify, implement, strengthen, and sustain collective efforts to improve health. The authors developed ways to assist local Turning Point partnerships to improve their community public health system as a secondary outcome of their work on the expressed needs of the community. […]

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Disability Policy Research: Health Promotion

Community-based persons with mental retardation: opportunities for health promotion. Ridenour N, Norton D. Graduate Nursing Program, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock 79430, USA. Nurse Pract Forum 1997 Jun;8(2):45-9 The public policy of supporting the mentally retarded in community-based, group home environments provides an exciting opportunity for nurses to develop health […]

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