AUCD's Public Health Practice


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.

  • Development of health and health promotion materials
  • Conduct capacity building efforts and apply findings
  • Collaboration and partner engagement

Public Health Team

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

Shannon M. Haworth, MA
Senior Program Manager, Disability and Public Health

Abigail J. Alberico, MPH
Program Manager

Jessica A. Finkel, MPP
Program Manager