Increasing Engagement with Underserved Communities: AUCD partners with Morehouse School of Medicine National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (MSM NCRN)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
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Webinar Description:

The Morehouse School of Medicine National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (MSM NCRN) coordinates a strategic and structured national network of local, state/territorial/tribal, national, and community-based organizations that will mitigate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority, and rural populations. This project is supported by a $40 million award from the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services Office of Minority Health as part of the National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities (NIMIC). The MSM NCRN is in partnership with community-based organizations, corporate companies, academic institutions, healthcare centers, hospital systems, faith-based organizations, and federal agencies.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a proud strategic partner with the Morehouse School of Medicine NCRN grant. AUCD will serve its network members and the disability community by developing messaging to disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate information, serving individuals disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This project is for community, by community, with the intention of targeting specific racial/ethnic communities (i.e.; African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans, Alaskan Natives and other Pacific Islanders) at the intersection of disability.

Come learn more about the project and how you an AUCD Network member can support it in your community.


Tawara D. Goode Tawara D. Goode, is the Director, National Center for Cultural Competence  Principal Investigator, Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence, Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics Georgetown University Medical Center and President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Tawara has degrees in early childhood education, and education and human development. Professor Goode has extensive experience as a principal investigator for federal and private sector grants and contracts. She is the director of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) at GUCCHD. She is the new Director of the GUCCHD's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and focuses on national level efforts to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence in this field. Professor Goode is recognized as a thought leader in the area of cultural and linguistic competence and building the NCCC into a nationally and internationally recognized and award winning program.



Denise Rozell

Denise Rozell, JD, is the Director of Policy Innovation at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Denise works primarily on issues affecting youth in post-secondary education, employment and independent living including as the co-Director for the PROMISE Technical Assistance Center (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income). Denise's policy work also includes a focus on inclusive post-secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities in partnership with Think College and on employment and transition age youth in partnership with University of New Hampshire.



Dawn Rudolph

Dawn Rudolph, MSEd, is the Senior Director for Technical Assistance and Network Engagement where she leads a wide range of training and supports for the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities (LEND) programs, and also leverages their expertise to inform national efforts impacting people with disabilities. She brings over 30 years experience working with people with disabilities and their families in community and educational settings.



Ashley J. Salmon

Ashley J. Salmon, MPH, is the Research Coordinator Consultant for the Morehouse School of Medicine National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (MSM NCRN) project at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). In addition she is a Research Associate at the Center for Leadership in Disability (UCEDD/LEND) at Georgia State University, and member of AUCD's Multicultural Council. Ashley's expertise is centered on data management, data analysis and writing. She is a data scientist with experience designing clear data collection and management, performing non-parametrical analyses, quality control analyses as well as creating statistical graphics and data visualizations. Ashley has a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics from Georgia State University.



Shirley CarrillioShirley Carrillo, is the Communications Consultant for the Morehouse School of Medicine National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (MSM NRCN) project at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Shirley's specialization includes public relations, advertising, and social media marketing. She has extensive experience in managing PR & Advertising campaigns for non-profit organizations as well as coordinating digital content for social media platforms and strategic communications planning. As a recent graduate of California State University-Los Angeles, Shirley earned a double-major in Mass Communication and French. She was also a 2020 summer participant of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Disability Advocacy Certificate program. She has a passion for advocating for competitive employment and digital accessibility for persons with disabilities.