What is it about?

Public health partners from Ohio participated in a community of practice to examine readiness, capacity building, and capacity factors needed to include people who have a disability in an area of health disparity among people with disabilities, smoking cessation efforts. The study used action research to determine key conditions that build capacity and factors that influenced inclusion of people with disabilities. These conditions and factors may be helpful for public health leaders who aim to serve underserved populations.

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Why is it important?

Most public health practitioners receive little to no training on disability, yet 1 in 5 Americans have a disability. This paper highlights practical steps as a tool that public health leaders need to help them include underserved population groups, like people with disabilities. Future efforts may use this tool to build their capacity to serve and include underserved groups.


This article is the first attempt of documenting the practical steps that public health programs and services can take to include the whole community - including people with disabilities - in health promotion and disease prevention efforts. The conditions and factors identified by this study may serve as a framework for workforce development efforts to better prepare public health practitioners to serve everyone in the community.

Dr Adriane K Griffen
University of Illinois at Chicago

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This page is a summary of: Inclusion Wheel: Tool for Building Capacity and Public Health Leaders to Serve People With Disabilities, Health Promotion Practice, July 2018, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1524839918788578.
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