Public Health is for Everyone is a new one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. Users can search and browse disability- and health-related resources by their interests and professional needs. Resource topics include nutrition, health care access, physical activity, emergency preparedness, obesity, accessibility, tobacco and general inclusion issues. Practical, hands-on resources such as field guides, factsheets, checklists, brochures and other tools are also featured.
Heather J. Williamson, a community and family health doctoral candidate in the USF College of Public Health, learned of this resource at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities conference in Washington, D.C.
“The AUCD conference is a wonderful event for public health students interested in supporting people with disabilities to attend,” said Williamson. “I was particularly excited to learn about this new resource and wanted to share it with my fellow students.”
To check out the new Public Health is for Everyone toolkit, visit www.phetoolkit.org. Enterprising Bulls with practical free resources to share can submit it to Public Health is for Everyone for further development.
Public Health is for Everyone is maintained by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities with support from CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. USF’s Florida Center for Inclusive Communities is part of the AUCD network as a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service.
“Public health students at USF can become trainees in the FCIC,” Williamson said. “It’s a great way to enhance their skills in designing, developing, implementing and advocating public health initiatives that are inclusive of everyone, including people with disabilities.”
To learn more about becoming an FCIC Trainee, contact Dr. Jolenea Ferro at firstname.lastname@example.org.