Crisis Standards of Care During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Is It Ever OK to Discriminate?


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Virtual Zoom Platform

Webinar Description:

The Covid-19 pandemic has threatened to overwhelm health care resources, leading to discussions about how to deploy life-saving interventions such as ventilators. Crisis standards of care policies have been criticized as discriminating against people with disabilities and older Americans. The goal of this webinar is to facilitate discussion, clarify concepts, and explore the best strategies for protecting the rights of people with disabilities in a health care crisis.


Dr. Kara AyersDr. Kara Ayers, is the Associate Director and an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD). She is Director of the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities and also a member of the Board of Governors for the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI). Dr. Ayers' interests include disability identity/culture, bioethics, disabled parenting, community inclusion, and the use of media to teach, empower, and reduce stigma. Dr. Ayers infuses the mantra, "Nothing about us without us," into all of her scholarly and community-based pursuits.


Dr. Jeff Brosco is a clinician-educator who contributes to science by translating evidence-based clinical and organizational practice into ethically optimized public policy. His broad areas of interest are the organization of health care services for children with special health care needs, the education of professionals in family-centered, interprofessional practice, and public policy regarding public health programs such as newborn screening. In each of these areas, Dr. Brosco brings together three broad elements of his training and professional responsibilities: (1) scholarship in history and ethics; (2) practical experience as a clinician, educator, and administrator; and (3) leadership in state and national public advisory groups. Specific projects include an analysis of the history of health care for children in early 20th century Philadelphia, the historical epidemiology of intellectual disability, and the history of newborn screening in the US. With Diane Paul, he is co-author of The PKU Paradox: A Short History of a Genetic Disease (Johns Hopkins Press, 2013).

Andy ImparatoAndy Imparato became the Executive Director of DRC on February 3, 2020. Andy joins DRC after a high impact 26-year career in Washington, DC working inside and outside government in significant leadership positions, including 17 years as the chief executive of two national disability organizations, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).13).Andy's experience also includes serving as Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director for Chairman Tom Harkin on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; General Counsel and Director of Policy for the National Council on Disability; and as an attorney at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Silvia YeeSilvia Yee is a senior staff attorney at Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) where her work has included projects to increase physical and programmatic accessibility and disability awareness in the delivery of health care services, as well as impact litigation to increase access for people with disabilities in myriad aspects of public and private life. Ms. Yee maintains interests in health care reform and the impact on people with disabilities, international disability rights and the implementation of national disability rights laws, and the strengthening of cross-disability and cross-civil rights communities. Much of her work is premised on viewing health care services as a civil right for people with disabilities. Over the past decade, Ms. Yee has presented and written on how disability health and healthcare disparities, civil rights, public health, and social determinants of health such as race/ethnicity, LQBTQ status, and income level intersect. Recently, she has had the privilege of co-teaching the disability rights law class offered at UC Berkeley School of Law.