Achieving Effective Health Promotion for Women With Disabilities
Hughes, RB. (2006) Achieving Effective Health Promotion for Women With Disabilities. Family & Community Health 29(1)Supplement: Promoting Health in Persons With Chronic and Disabling Conditions, 44S - 51S.
Center for Research on Women with Disabilities and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Corresponding author: Rosemary B. Hughes, Ph.D., Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, Baylor College of Medicine, P.O. Box 890286, Houston, TX 77289 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The field of health promotion has yet to acknowledge the unique needs of women with disabilities, a population representing approximately 1 of 5 women in the United States. Compared with women without disabilities, women with disabilities have critical needs for evidence-based health promotion services. Women with disabilities face a lack of access to multitudinous opportunities for maintaining and improving their overall health. Inaccessible exercise equipment and other disability-related barriers discourage women with physical disabilities from engaging in health-promoting behaviors. This article identifies 10 essential elements for achieving effective health promotion research and interventions for women in this population.