VIRTUAL EVENT | CEW+Inspire Workshop: Addressing Healthcare Disparities for Individuals with Disabilities – Identifying what you can do

June 25, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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This workshop will be held via Zoom (link to follow via email prior to the event). For safety and privacy, you must be registered to receive the link.

Michelle A. Meade, PhD, Associate Professor, U-M Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, CEW+ 2019 Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity & Social Change Award Winner

Individuals with disabilities comprise about 20% of the population of the United States. This group experiences poorer health outcomes, enhanced rates of hospitalizations, and less satisfaction with healthcare services. Despite their overrepresentation among patients receiving care at Michigan Medicine and other healthcare systems, most healthcare systems take only limited steps to recognize and address their needs through centralized, integrated approaches. This workshop will describe the work that I and my colleagues at the Center for Disability Health and Wellness and the Michigan Medicine Disability Council are doing to enhance outcomes for this underserved group. Participants will learn about the impact of environmental factors on the outcomes and be challenged to identify modifiable factors in their own environments that can be enhanced to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities as patients, providers, leaders, and learners.

Michelle Meade - White woman wear a necklace, v-neck shirt, with short brown hairMichelle A. Meade, PhD is an Associate Professor in the U-M Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As a rehabilitation psychologist, she conducts research with, provides clinical services to, and advocates for individuals with physical disabilities. Dr. Meade is currently the Principal Investigator and Director of two federally funded interdisciplinary Centers focusing on disability issues – the U-M Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) and Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC) which is focused on developing and evaluating mobile technologies to enhance health management and independence among adolescents and young adults with disabilities; and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Investigating Disability factors and promoting Environmental Access for Healthy Living (IDEAL RRTC), which is focused on promoting healthy aging for individuals with long-term physical disabilities. Dr. Meade also serves as co-chair of the Michigan Medicine Disability Council and the Co-director for the U -M Collaboratory for Disability Health.