Redefining the role of public health in disability

Donald J. Lollar, John E. Crews

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The stated mission of current public health activities is to prevent mortality, morbidity, and disability. Though this mission is a noble challenge, attention is now being drawn to that group of the public who are not prevented from living with a disability. This chapter seeks to redefine the functions of public health in the field of disability. It describes the changing demographics of disability and provides a framework for addressing the complex issues associated with defining disability. Finally, we outline a strategy for stronger and clearer public health presence to improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-208
Number of pages14
JournalAnnual Review of Public Health
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Assessment
  • Disability
  • Functioning
  • Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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