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AUCD’s National Center on Disability in Public Health 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.

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We build capacity by encouraging collaboration between public health partners and AUCD's Network Centers in every state and territory. We work together with our partners to address health disparities for people who have a disability. We're currently focusing on Access to Healthcare, Developmental Monitoring and Screening, Emergency Preparedness, Nutrition and Healthy Weight, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Wellness and Mental Health. Subscribe to the Inclusive Public Health Quarterly!


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) through the Act Early Initiative to promote collaboration among early childhood programs in states and territories so children with autism or other developmental disabilities can be identified early and get the services and support they and their families need.


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. 


Health is for Everyone: Action Team (HEAT)
Health is for Everyone: Action Team (HEAT) is a collaboration of several organizations led by AUCD to include developmental disabilities in medical education at all levels of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education of physicians. HEAT achieved successful adoption of the American Medical Association (AMA) resolution on including Developmental Disabilities; however, continued momentum is needed to implement specific required competencies for physicians on developmental disabilities. Learn more and check out the updated health care access resources in the Public Health is for Everyone toolkit.


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.


Inclusive Health
Inclusive Health, a collaborative national movement that mobilizes partners to influence inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in health promotion and care - and make it the norm. AUCD collaborated with the Special Olympics International, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), to create a National Inclusive Health Movement. 


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.



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The Prepared4ALL initiative is offered by AUCD's new Technical Assistance and Training Center and aims to mobilize disability organizations and their networks to foster connections with emergency and public health professionals to build trust, create sustainable relationships, and get a seat at the emergency planning table.


Nutrition is for Everyone

Nutrition is for Everyone, a program that aims increase awareness and consumption of fruits and vegetables among people with disabilities through efforts of Nutrition Ambassadors, Deputy Ambassadors, and Community Nutrition Advocates in states with the most dire need. A monthly newsletter shares ongoing and updated program efforts, 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


Public Health Team

Chevelle Glymph, MPH
Senior Director of Public Health | Public Health
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Nadja Agnew, MPH
Senior Program Manager | Public Health
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Tida Sonetirot
Program Specialist | Public Health
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