Health Disparities Chart Book
The purpose of the Health Disparities Chart Book on Disability and Racial and Ethnic Status in the United States is to answer the question of whether working age (18-64) people with disabilities in the United States experience health disparities similar to those experienced by members of racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States. Because of the perception that disability is solely an aging phenomenon, we limited our analysis to people of working age. Relatively little research has been conducted comparing the health of people with disabilities to that of people from racial and ethnic minority groups. However, research has consistently documented that, as a group, people with disabilities experience worse health than the general population. Specifically, people with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities are more likely to experience poorer health status, potentially preventable secondary conditions, chronic conditions, and early deaths. The report is based on a presentation requested by the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) in 2010.
The development of the Health Disparities Chart Book on Disability and Racial and Ethnic Status in the United States was a collaboration among:
- Charles Drum, MPA, JD, Ph.D. – Institute on Disability/UCED, University of New Hampshire
- Monica R. McClain, Ph.D. – Institute on Disability/UCED, University of New Hampshire
- Willi Horner-Johnson, Ph.D. - Center on Community Accessibility, Oregon Health & Science University
- Genia Taitano, MPH - Center on Community Accessibility, Oregon Health & Science University
The report was supported in part by the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project: Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities Project (Health Disparities Project), Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number H133A100031, from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), United States Department of Education. The Health Disparities Project is located at the University of New Hampshire, with collaborators at Oregon Health & Science University, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City.