Deborah Allen is an Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Prior to this, she directed the Maternal and Child Health program in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Traditionally, the public health viewpoint on disability was geared toward primary prevention of disabling conditions or events. More recently, with the movement for disability rights and the emergence of disability studies, the challenge to the field has been to promote positive health outcomes in this underserved community. Such a change in public health culture must start at the educational level, yet training programs have generally been slow in integrating this perspective-with its potential for enriching the field-into their curricula.
Public Health Perspectives on Disability meets this challenge with an educational framework for rethinking disability in public health study and practice, and for attaining the competencies that should accompany this knowledge. This reference balances history and epidemiology, scientific advances, advocacy and policy issues, real-world insights, and progressive recommendations, suiting it especially to disability-focused courses, or to add disability-related content to existing public health programs. Each chapter applies awareness and understanding of disabled persons' experience to one of the core curriculum areas, including: Health services administration, Environmental health science and occupational health, Health law and ethics, The school as physical setting, Maternal, child, and family health, Disasters and disability.
In Public Health Perspectives on Disability, faculty, researchers, administrators, and students in graduate schools of public health throughout the U.S. will find a worthy classroom text and a robust source of welcome-and much needed-change.
This refreshing book presents an educational framework for rethinking disability in public health study and practice. Each chapter applies awareness and understanding of disabled persons' experience to one of the core curriculum areas.
Examines disability through diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives
Represents all the major fields within public health study: epidemiology, environmental health, maternal & child health, etc.
Designed to be used in planning for any core course in the public health curriculum
Deborah Klein-Walker, Ed.D. Past president, APHA
Introduction: History and Import
Don Lollar, EdD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Services Administration
Carol Tobias, MPA, Boston University
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Elena Andresen, PhD, University of Florida; chair, Department of Epidemiology
Behavioral Science and Health Education
Paul Devereux, PhD and Charles Bullock, PhD, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Nevada at Reno
Environmental Health Sciences and Occupational Health
Deborah Allen, ScD, Boston University and Chris Kochtitzky, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Law And Ethics
Jerome Bickenbach, PhD, LLB, Queen's University, Ontario
Maternal And Child Health and Family Health
Deborah Allen, ScD, Boston University
Mary Chamie, PhD, Statistics Division, United Nations (just retired)
The School as a Physical Setting
Dennis Heaphy, MDiv, MPH
Student Essay [title?]
Rachel Tannenhaus, MPH (former student of Allan Meyers, the initiator of the project who died)
Disasters and Disability
Whit Garberson, MSW (co-editor who died 12/07)