Journal article

Enabling Action: Reflections upon Inclusive Participatory Research on Health with Women with Disabilities in the Philippines

Catherine Vaughan, Elizabeth Gill-Atkinson, Alexandra Devine, Jerome Zayas, Raquel Ignacio, Joy Garcia, Krissy Bisda, Joy Salgado, M Jesusa Marco

American Journal of Community Psychology | Wiley | Published : 2020


People with disabilities experience health disparities arising from social, environmental, and system‐level factors. Evidence from a range of settings suggests women with disabilities have reduced access to health information and experience barriers to screening, prevention, and care services. This results in greater unmet health needs, particularly in relation to sexual and reproductive health. Women with disabilities are also more likely to experience physical and sexual violence than women without disabilities, further undermining their health. Community‐based participatory research (CBPR) can generate knowledge and underpin action to address such health disparities and promote health equ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank and acknowledge the generosity, time, and energy of all the women with disabilities, advocates, service providers, communities, and advisory group members who supported the W-DARE project. The project was funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the UNFPA Philippines Country Office, and we also thank them for their support. The authors declare no conflict of interest. We dedicate this paper to our extraordinary lead researcher in the Philippines, Associate Professor Jesusa Marco, who sadly passed away before seeing this in print. Asa, we could never have done it without you.