Grand rounds: People with disabilities and public health

From the Public Health Matters Blog:

 On December 18, 2012, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds promoting opportunities for the best quality of life for individuals with disabilities. You can access the event in the Grand Round archives.

The facts: One in six adult Americans live with a disability when defined by a limitation in function, and $400 billion is spent annually on disability-related health expenditures. Many are at higher risk for health problems, injuries, and increased vulnerability during disasters. Comparatively, people with disabilities are 4 times more likely to report their health to be fair/poor and 2.5 times more likely to have unmet health care needs than non-disabled peers.

After the Grand Rounds session, I had the chance to talk further with CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH and Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association about how our organizations can include people with disabilities in health programs and services.

Read more here.

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