The Disability Section had a great program for the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta (November 4-8, 2017).

Disability is a national public health issue needing special attention. We can ALL help to make our world a better place for individuals with disabilities.

Members of the Disability Section are involved with policies and actions focusing on the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities. These include the promotion of equity in health care and health outcomes, and social change to promote socioeconomic integration.

We come from a variety of backgrounds, including social and rehabilitative services, medical and health professions and social sciences. Hence, our work includes teaching, research, provision of clinical services, policy development and civil service.

Who Are We


Chair: Meg Traci
Past Chair: Willi Horner-Johnson
Chair-Elect: Dot Nary
Secretary: David Tillman
Awards Chair: Adriane Griffen
Treasurer: Amanda Reichard
Membership Chair: Mara Nery-Hurwit
Communications Chair: Vijay Vasudevan
Program Chair: Amy Rauworth
Policy Chairs: Barbara Kornblau and Randall Owen
Student Liaison: Erica Twardzik
Accessibility Liaison: Karl Cooper
Governing Councilors: Kiyoshi Yamaki and Anthony Cahill
Section Councilors: Alicia Dixon-Ibarra, Randall O’BrienAmanda ReichardMara Nery-HurwitAmy Rauworth, and Vijay Vasudevan

Disability and Public Health

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Publisher: American Public Health Association




To raise awareness and promote actions related to public health issues that affect the health, functional, social, and environmental aspects of disability. These issues include the causes and prevention of impairments and disabilities, especially secondary conditions; health promotion and rehabilitation; barriers and facilitators, both physical and social, that affect participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of society; and advocacy for public policies for individuals with disabilities.

Our diverse members work at academic institutions, federal and state governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, community-based institutions and private institutions.


History and Timeline of Disability Section