Public Health is for Everyone An inclusive planning toolkit for public health professionals



Public Health is for Everyone is an online toolkit which serves as a one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. The PHEtoolkit provides public health professionals with resources to enhance their planning efforts in key issue areas.


First Time Visiting PHEToolkit?


This site offers multiple ways of searching resources to provide quick and easy results that fit your needs. Click play below to watch a video tour on how you can search the Public Health is for Everyone toolkit.


Also available is a Toolkit User Guide to help guide you as you search the toolkit site.


How to search: Search Resources: Located at the bottom left of the homepage is a search function where users can search by Keyword(s) and/or Issue. Users have the option to search using only a keyword or only an issue or by indicating both a keyword and an issue. Indicating a keyword and an issue during a search will narrow down your search results.


Top Searches and New Resources: Listed on the homepage are resources that have been searched most often and resources that have been recently added on the site. Use these lists to access resources others have found helpful and timely.


Criteria for Inclusion in the PHEToolkit:

Resources included in the toolkit must meet the following criteria:

  • Is the resource available online?
  • Is the resource in an accessible format? (Accessibility considerations may include appropriate font size, 508 compliance (alt tags), video captioning, etc.)
  • Does the resource use respectful/person-first language?
  • Will the topic/content increase the capacity of public health providers who provide services to people with a disability?
  • Is the content considered to be ‘most current' or ‘accepted' as valid information?*

*Steering Committee members are asked to weigh in on the relevance and validity of the resources.


Click here to inquire about joining the Steering Committee.


Planning Committee

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) convened the PHEtoolkit planning committee over a one-year development period as part of a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).


The planning committee was comprised of state, regional, and national leaders in the field of disability and health and include:


Anita Albright, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Office on Health and Disability

Jacqui Butler, NCBDDD

Adriane Griffen, AUCD

Donald Sharman, NCBDDD

Theresa Paeglow, New York State Department of Health, Disability and Health Program

Meg Ann Traci, Montana Disability and Health Program

Tawny Wilson, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Office on Health and Disability

Mary Helen Witten, NCBDDD

Julie Zier, NCBDDD


The planning committee collaborated on the layout, design, and criteria for inclusion of resources in the PHEtoolkit. Their contributions are gratefully acknowledged!