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Disability and Health Among Maryland Adults

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Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) BRIEF

August 2018, Volume 3 Number 1

One in five non-institutionalized Maryland adults has one or more disability. People with disabilities experience significant barriers accessing health care services and present higher rates of behavioral risk factors than people without disabilities. Maryland adults with disabilities report higher rates of depressive disorders, arthritis, asthma, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiovascular disease, and obese weight classification than Maryland adults without disabilities. Public health practitioners, people with disabilities, and advocates can use this document to understand the burden of disease among Maryland adults with disabilities and to inform programs and policies that address health risk behaviors and chronic disease outcomes among this population. Read Full Maryland BRFSS Disability Brief (PDF)