AUCD's Public Health Practice


AUCD works to create health promotion and public health efforts that include people who have disabilities. We focus on areas of greatest health disparity. We aim to build capacity of our network in public health and encourage public health partners to include people who have disabilities. Public health is for everyone.

Major projects of AUCD's public health practice include:



Act Early Network

LTSAESince 2007 AUCD has partnered with The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to implement the "Act Early" Regional Summit Project supported by the Learn the Signs. Act Early Campaign and the implementation of the Combating Autism Act.


Friends of NCBDDD
The Friends of NCBDDD (formerly the External Partners Group, EPG) is a coalition of government and private sector participants who work together to enhance the mission and activities of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in promoting child development; preventing birth defects and developmental disorders/disabilities; and enhancing the quality of life and preventing secondary conditions among people who are living with mental or physical disabilities, or a combination thereof. 


Including People with Disabilities-Public Health Workforce Competencies

The Including People with Disabilities - Public Health Workforce Competencies are designed to increase the capacity of public health providers to include people with disabilities in their public health plans and efforts. Designed specifically for professionals already working in the public health field, the competencies provide foundational knowledge around the relationship between disability and public health programs and outcomes.


Public Health is for Everyone

Public Health is for Everyone is an online toolkit which serves as a one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. The PHEtoolkit provides public health professionals with resources to enhance their planning efforts in key issue areas.


Nutrition is for Everyone

The Nutrition is for Everyone newsletter is a monthly newsletter that's been created to disseminate information around the Nutrition is for Everyone program. We will share with our partners, ongoing and updated efforts on this project along with Nutrition Ambassador's success stories of people with disabilities who have increased their awareness and consumption of fruits and vegetables.



Health Promotion Materials:

Development of health and health promotion materials for people living with disabilities


Capacity Building

  • 5 State Medicaid Project
  • Legacy Spanish Language Adaptation
  • Opt In Internet Panels
  • ADHD Behavioral Therapy

Collaboration and Partner Engagement

Collaboration and partner engagement of AUCD members and interested partners through:

  • Health and Disability SIG
  • Mental Health Aspects of I/DD SIG
  • Emergency Prep SIG

Public Health Team

Adriane K. Griffen, DrPH, MPH, MCHES
Senior Director of Public Health and Leadership

Tanisha Clarke, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Disability and Public Health

Abigail J. Alberico, MPH
Program Manager

Daphnee Guillaume, MPH
Program Manager