Upcoming SDHI Webinar: Disability and Public Health

Please join us for us for a Webinar on this Thursday, 21 June at 5pm GMT. All you need is access to the internet. To get an access code please sign up with

Fred Comerford (fac1 @st-andrews.ac.uk) or Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk)

Disability is usually framed as the third of three negative public health outcomes, alongside mortality and morbidity. We will discuss how this initial background still affects the public health enterprise’s approach to disability and people living with disabling conditions. Public health functions will frame the presentation, beginning with case definitions, a crucial element in public health surveillance. We will then discuss policy development, examining how policy interacts with assessment and assurance functions. Finally, the issues of environment and its effect on assurance of public health services will be discussed along with implications for greater sensitivity, awareness, and inclusion of people with disabilities in public health activities. Current examples in US public health will be provided and students will be encouraged to provide examples from Scotland.

Dr Don Lollar assumed the position of Director, OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Associate Director of CDRC for Academic Affairs in January 2010. He also has a faculty appointment in OHSU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He is a internationally recognized expert in the areas of disability and health— particularly in the prevention of secondary conditions and health promotion, and the development and implementation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). He was a practicing psychologist for 25 years in states of Maine, Kentucky, and Georgia before being recruited to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.


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