Public Policy

State adoption of Medicaid 1915(c) waivers for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

M. Beth Merryman, Ph.D., M.S., O.T.R/L., F.A.O.T.A., Nancy A. Miller, Ph.D., Emily Shockley, Ph.D.(c), Karen Goldrich Eskow, Ph.D., C.P.C., O.T.R/L., Gregory S. Chasson, Ph.D Disability and Health Journal, July 2015 Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 443–451 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.03.003 Background The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased dramatically, with one in every 68 children in the U.S. currently diagnosed with ASD. […]

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Physical access in urban public housing facilities

Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, Ph.D., Gail Regan, Ph.D., P.T., Jacqueline Y. Reese-Smith, M.A., Katie M. Heinrich, Ph.D., Rebecca E. Lee, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, January 2008 Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 25–29 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2007.11.003   Abstract Background Public housing facilities play an important role in housing individuals with physical disabilities, including older adults, who are unable to afford […]

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Protecting rights and building capacities: challenges to global mental health policy in light of the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

Wildeman S.  Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law.  J Law Med Ethics. 2013 Spring;41(1):48-73. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12005. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified mental health as a priority for global health promotion and international development to be targeted through promulgation of evidence-based medical practices, health systems reform, and respect for human rights. Yet these overlapping […]

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“Fast-track” strategies in long-term public disability programs around the world

Rajnes D.  Division of Program Studies, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration, USA.  Soc Secur Bull. 2012;72(1):79-108. Long-term public disability programs in the United States and several other countries have incorporated fast-track (FT) procedures that share a common goal of accelerating applicants through various stages of […]

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The US Air Force suicide prevention program: implications for public health policy

Knox KL, Pflanz S, Talcott GW, Campise RL, Lavigne JE, Bajorska A, Tu X, Caine ED. Am J Public Health. 2010 Dec;100(12):2457-63. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.159871. Epub 2010 May 13. SOURCE:  Canandaigua VA Medical Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Canandaigua, NY, USA. kerry.knox@va.gov OBJECTIVES:  We evaluated the effectiveness of the US Air Force Suicide Prevention Program […]

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Mobility and aging: new directions for public health action

Satariano WA, Guralnik JM, Jackson RJ, Marottoli RA, Phelan EA, Prohaska TR. Am J Public Health. 2012 Aug;102(8):1508-15. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300631. Epub 2012 Jun 14. SOURCE:  School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA. bills@berkeley.edu Optimal mobility, defined as relative ease and freedom of movement in all of its forms, is central […]

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Health policy interventions: the pathway to public health

Andersen K, Gudnason V.  Laeknabladid. 2013 Mar;99(3):129-34 SOURCE:  Cardiovascular Research Center Landspítali University Faculty of Medicine, Univesity of Iceland IS 101 Rejkjavík, Iceland. andersen@landspitali.is Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are currently the main cause of premature death and disability in the world. Most of these NCDs are due to unhealthy lifestyle choices i.e. tobacco, unhealthy diet, […]

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Oral Health Resources: Policy Makers

Closing the Gap: A National Blueprint to Improve the Health of Persons with Mental Retardation: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2002. [76 p.]. Visit Website   State Initiatives to Improve Access to Dental Care Visit Website

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Health promotion and education: application of the ICF in the US and Canada using an ecological perspective.

Health promotion is an issue comprised of complex and multi-layered concepts that involves a process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. The aims and applications of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), with its focus on components of functioning, activities and participation, and environmental […]

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Augmentative and alternative communication and cell phone use: one off-the-shelf solution and some policy considerations.

Use of cell phones has grown dramatically; however, there remains a gap between people with disabilities and the general public in regard to access to cellular telephony. This article describes the importance of cell phone use among people who use augmentative communication devices. An “off-the-shelf” solution is described and illustrated with the goal of improving […]

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