Evidence-based policy is the heart of Deaf Health Initiative. DHI recognizes that advocacy alone isn't enough. We ensure that the marginalized voices of the Deaf community are not just heard, but are acted upon through policy. At DHI, we help develop and implement policies aimed at improving the health outcomes of the Deaf community. Our goal is not to treat or prevent hearing loss, which is the norm in medicine today. Instead, we embrace deafness and strive to improve the wellbeing of the Deaf community.
Linguistic Minority Public Health Research Centers in the United States
Although the National Institutes of Health recognizes the Deaf community and American Sign Language as a linguistic minority and language, there are very few public health research centers that focus on the Deaf community while there are numerous public health research centers that focus on other linguistic minorities in the United States.
Based on estimated values, research on the health and wellbeing of deaf individuals comprises only 1% of research centers and University departments focused on minority health in the U.S.*
*The 1% value does not include centers that focus on the prevention and treatment of hearing loss.
Deaf cultural competency in medical curricula and policies
Policy assistance and CME-approved lectures for medical schools and healthcare institutions to help enhance the course of care for deaf patients.