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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Annual Review of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health