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American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)

Wellness initiatives for individuals with disabilities

The mission of the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is to advance health promotion and wellness initiatives for children and adults with disabilities. AAHD accomplishes its mission through advocacy, education, public awareness, and research efforts at the federal, state, and community levels.
AAHD’s purpose is to advance theory, knowledge and practice in reducing the incidence of secondary conditions, improving accessibility and eliminating health disparities in children and adults with disabilities. AAHD’s members are composed of disability researchers, health care professionals, public health professionals, policy analysts, disability organizations, health departments, people with disabilities and interested members of the general public.

What Does AAHD Do?

    • AAHD hosts and maintains the AAHD website (www.aahd.us) and AAHD Research, Knowledge Translation & Dissemination Center, a knowledge translation framework that ensures research and dissemination will result in action.
    • AAHD represents people with disabilities in significant national activities/initiatives related to health and disability, disability policy, disability research and disability services.
    • AAHD partners with health care and disability organizations, academic and research institutions, private foundations and federal agencies to advance health equity in people with disabilities.
    • AAHD disseminates current scientific, programmatic and policy information on disability and health for people with disabilities through AAHD website, list serves, newsletters, webinars, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social media platforms.
    • AAHD receives funding  from federal agencies, academic and research institutions and private foundations to advance the health of children and adults with disabilities.
    • AAHD provides technical assistance to federal agencies, private foundations, non-profits and academic institutions.
    • AAHD advocates and supports programs that improve the lives of people with disabilities at the national level, state and community level.
    • AAHD holds leadership roles on national coalitions and task forces in both the private and public sector.

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