Highlights from the Network
AUCD Welcomes Andrew Imparato as Executive Director
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) welcomed Andrew J. Imparato as the Association’s new Executive Director on Monday, September 30, 2013. Mr. Imparato succeeds George Jesien, who has retired after successfully leading the organization for the past 14 years. Mr. Imparato comes to AUCD from the position of Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. For the past two and a half years, he has been the lead staffer for Chairman Harkin's effort to reauthorize the Rehabilitation Act as part of the Workforce Investment Act. Mr. Imparato’s perspective and passion is informed not only through his professional career but also through his own experience with bipolar disorder. He has been widely recognized for his leadership and advocacy throughout his career. Click here to read the full news release.
Award-Winning Documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
The award-winning documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, is a must-see for anyone in the field of public health. This film looks at a U.S. healthcare system designed to profit on disease not health, reward quantity over quality and promote high-tech over high-touch. It interweaves personal stories with the efforts of leaders battling to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government and the U.S. military. This film was recently screened at more than 90 colleges and universities across the country. Click here to catch an upcoming screening near you, and click here to view highlights of the screenings collected via social media. If you missed the screening near you, this film is now available for purchase on iTunes.
George Jesien Receives APHA Lifetime Achievement Award
George Jesien, PhD, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Disability Section, an award given to individuals, who throughout their career, have made a major contribution to the improvement of health and quality of life for people with disabilities through research, teaching or advocacy.
Dr. Jesien is an established expert in disabilities and a known leader in the field. He has devoted his career to the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies designed to improve health and educational outcomes and quality of life of persons with disabilities. Most recently, Dr. Jesien served as the executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, which he transformed into one of the vital voices for research, education and advocacy for persons and families with disabilities in the U.S. today. His leadership resulted in greater integration of university-based programs for research, education and training in the field of disabilities as well as increased funding and greater awareness of the role of these activities among state and federal policy makers. Click here to read more.
APHA Disability Section Recruiting for Student Webinar Series
The American Public Health Association (APHA) Disability Section will be conducting the second year of student webinars, sponsored by The Arc. The purpose of the webinars is to promote learning, to provide an opportunity for students to share their research and to network with leaders in the field. The webinars focus on disability and health, so all students within the disability section can participate! Click here to learn more about past student webinars.
The APHA Disability Section is currently looking for students that would like to present their research this year. Each webinar will feature 3 presenters, each giving a 15 minute presentation. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session. If you are a student or know of any students that might be interested in presenting, please contact Alicia Dixon-Ibarra at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814)934-0757.
Nominations Open for Friends of NCBDDD Executive Committee
The Friends of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) Executive Committee is seeking nominations for the Secretary and two Member-at-Large positions. This opportunity allows individuals to participate in guiding this national coalition and serve as a conduit between participant organizations and NCBDDD. Consider putting forth a nomination as this is a unique opportunity to identify new partnerships and liaisons for you and your organization! All nominations should be emailed to Tory Christensen at email@example.com by October 11, 2013. Click here to learn more and to view the Executive Committee Nomination Form.
Events from the Network:
AUCD 2013 Conference
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 2013 Conference will take place November 17-20, 2013, in Washington, DC. The conference theme, Promoting Inclusion in an Increasingly Diverse World, promotes the value and inclusion of all persons with disabilities and will engage participants in conversation to ensure our work reflects the changing cultural and linguistic landscape. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following Health and Disability SIG events:
Monday, November 18, 2013
Time/Location: 2:15-3:30, Room TBD
Event: Managed Care and Care Coordination: Ideas from the field
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time/Location: 12:00-1:15, Meeting Room 2
Event: Health and Disability SIG Meeting (View agenda!)
Time/Location: 3:00-4:15, Room TBD
Event: Low Cost/No Cost Solutions for Health Activities in Your UCEDD
Read more about the AUCD 2013 Conference here!