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 Tools to Identify Service Gaps and Monitor Progress

man bridging gap The tools in this section aim to provide health professionals with a better understanding of the clinical preventive services needs of women with disabilities in their state and communities.  


Disability and Health Data System (DHDS)
Description: DHDS is an interactive tool designed to provide access to state-level data about people with disabilities. The DHDS derives data from the states’ Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) which gathers health information from people living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. There are two ways to view data in DHDS:

  1. Maps & Data Tables - View data on a single indicator for all states in a map or data table.
  2. State Profiles - View key statistics on a set of indicators for one state.

Audience: State and local health departments, national disability and health organizations, policymakers, researchers, educators, and the public.

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Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies

Description: This resource outlines recent advances in knowledge and practice skills needed by public health professionals for including people with disabilities in the core public health functions – Assessment, Policy Development and Assurance.  Developed by the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) under a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this resource provides strategies for meeting the competencies as well as  presents real examples of how people with disabilities can be successfully included in public health activities. These competencies align and complement the existing, broader public health competencies. 

Audience: Public health professionals

The resource is available at

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