Using Health Data to Inform Disability Policy in Delaware
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As with all people, the health status of people living with disabilities can be linked to health risk behaviors. This paper explores behavior, health, and disability through the utilization of data taken from a health monitoring survey implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called the Behavioral Risk F actor Surveillance System (BRFSS), for years 2006, 2007, and 2008. My purpose is to begin a discussion about the extent to which health status indicators, health risk behaviors, and chronic health conditions among adults with disabilities reported in the BRFSS can influence disability and health policy in the State of Delaware. The analysis demonstrates the need for health advocates and policymakers to consider using the BRFSS to create and implement disability health policy.
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Paul Galonsky is a Disability Policy Leadership Fellow at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.