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Public Health Impact of the Built Environment on People with Disabilities


This article reports the findings of 2 focus groups of public health practitioners and planning professionals.  The goal was to determine what is needed to enable local health departments to address environmental barriers that may limit to mobility and daily functioning of people with disabilities.  The article includes challenges and opportunities, lessons learned and future needs.

Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

Health Equity and Social Justice Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Access to Care, Community Design, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Health Equity, Health Promotion and Health Education, Land Use, Minority, Needs Assessment, Transportation Planning, Vulnerable Populations, Zoning


Institutional Author:

NACCHO & American Planning Association (APA)





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