HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH DISPARITIES

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07/11/2022

Inclusive Public Health Communication Workshop Series: Segmented Public Health Messages

Segmented Public Health Messaging will help participants harness the power of storytelling to enhance messaging and evoke emotion and compassion within a diverse audience. Content will focus specifically on weaving social justice themes into your content, and building audience engagement by highlighting community efforts to combat health inequities.

04/04/2022

Inclusive Public Health Communication Workshop Series: Public Health Communication 101

Now more than ever it is critical to be an effective public health messenger. As a member of AUCD's network, you are invited to attend a four-part monthly virtual workshop series (April-July 2022) led by a joint collaboration between researchers at UCLA Health and the Hood Medicine Initiative, sponsored by AUCD through a cooperative agreement with CDC.

02/02/2022

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Round-up

The fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) SIG invites you to join them for a review of current research that you might use in your work building or expanding your program of services and supports for individuals with FASD. Dr. Christie L. M. Petrenko, Ph.D. (Research Associate at the University of Rochester) and Dr. Edward Riley, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, College of Sciences, San Diego State University) will join the FASD SIG to discuss current research focused on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure.

09/13/2021

Accessibility and the COVID-19 Vaccine Experience for People with Disabilities

Thank you for joining the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) for a webinar on strategies and tools for accessibility in the COVID-19 vaccine experience. Persons with disabilities experience difficult barriers in getting the COVID-19 vaccine such as having accessible formats of COVID-19 vaccine information and materials and providing reasonable accommodations.

08/26/2021

Promoting Vaccine Confidence in Neurodivergent Communities: Lessons Learned from Stakeholder Engagement and Social Media Outreach

This webinar will present lessons learned from a project that seeks to promote vaccine confidence in the disability community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this student-driven project, supported by an AUCD-CDC Dissemination Innovation Mini-grant, students and trainees from UCLA and LA COVID volunteers conducted a stakeholder engagement strategy to inform communication and dissemination efforts to promote vaccine confidence.

08/17/2021

AIR-P Presents: Addressing Reproductive Health and Obstetrics/Gynecology Health Care in Autistic Adults

Dr. Jennifer Ames from the AIR-P Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Research Node, will describe ongoing research examining reproductive health and obstetrics/gynecology health care gaps for autistic people, inclusive of female, transgender, and gender-diverse identities. The presentation will focus on topics such OB/GYN clinic visits, cervical cancer screenings, and use of hormonal contraception, with particular attention to differences across sociodemographic characteristics. Future work investigating obstetric care quality and pregnancy experiences will also be discussed.

07/19/2021

Disability and Health Data System (DHDS): Using Data to Take Action

Join Dr. Qi Cheng, a lead analyst from CDC/NCBDDD as she shares the 2021 Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) release. State examples on how they are using DHDS will be highlighted from Florida and Ohio. Attendees will hear a brief introduction of the DHDS database and a summary key findings in the 2019 DHDS update. Just in time to spruce up your ADA Anniversary communications with these data!

07/13/2021

The Prepared4ALL Playbook: Strategies for Disability Inclusion in Public Health

Building local partnerships between disability organizations and emergency preparedness planners is essential for improving outcomes for people with disabilities during emergencies, disasters and pandemics. But how can we build these partnerships? AUCD's Prepared4ALL project has pulled together strategies that work. This webinar will introduce the playbook and show how you can use it in your local community.

06/22/2021

Supporting Teachers' Use of Assistive Technology in Early Childhood: Lessons Learned in a Post-Pandemic World

In this webinar, presenters will discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to modify a professional development program designed to support early childhood educators in using assistive technology with young children with disabilities. Following a brief overview of the core features of our coaching model, presenters will discuss responsiveness to the needs of both parents and educators as they pivoted to using AT for remote learning. The presentation will highlight unique challenges, unexpected benefits, key takeaways, and implications for the future of AT training in a virtual world.
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05/26/2021

Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #9: Sexual Self-Advocacy

Join the AUCD Sexual Health Special Interest Group for our final Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #9: Sexual Self-Advocacy on May 26, 2021, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET. Our expert hosts of sexuality educators and self-advocates have invited a panel to discuss questions and topics related to advocating for ones right to have relationships and sexuality as well as how to advocate for oneself within relationships. This webinar is part of an on-going series that addresses self-advocate questions about relationships and sexuality. This series is a great learning opportunity for self-advocates, professionals, and paraprofessionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to understand sexual health needs better.

05/24/2021

An Update from the Act Early Response to COVID-19

"Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) is a CDC program that promotes collaboration among early childhood programs in states and territories so children with autism or other developmental delays and disabilities can be identified early and referred to appropriate services and supports. This past year the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded 43 states and territories to focus on early childhood state systems to support recovery and strengthen resilience skills, behaviors, and resources of children, families, and communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This webinar will provide an overview of LTSAE, the purpose and scope of the Act Early Response to COVID-19 and include a high-level overview of findings from the Act Early/COVID-19 Response Team needs assessment process.

05/11/2021

Prepared4ALL: Including Disability in Local Emergency Planning

Prepared4ALL, an inclusive emergency planning program offered by AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health, is fully up and running! We offer a FREE online training, a thriving online community for local disability organizations, and a practicum opportunity open to all AUCD trainees. This webinar will provide an exclusive expanded look at the online training and you'll hear from local disability organizations and AUCD trainees about their work with Prepared4ALL. This webinar will have an ASL interpreter and Real-time Captions.

04/08/2021

Prioritization: Promising practices for educating others about the importance of disability prioritizing in state vaccination plans

Join our organizations, state-level jurisdictions, and CDC guests to hear about promising practices on how states are reaching people with disabilities. This webinar addressed Prioritization: Promising practices for educating others about the importance of disability prioritizing in state vaccination plans.

03/30/2021

Navigation: Promising practices for scheduling and transporting PWD to COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Join our organizations, state-level jurisdictions, and CDC guests to hear about promising practices on how states are reaching people with disabilities. This webinar addressed Navigation: Promising practices for scheduling and transporting PWD to COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

02/16/2021

AIR-P Presents: COVID-19 Vaccine, I/DD Populations, and the Needle Anxiety Program at UCLA

Immunizations are crucial to protect all people from vaccine-preventable illnesses. Some studies suggest that autistic individuals have lower rates of immunizations, for reasons that are not entirely clear. Multiple organizations have called for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be prioritized in COVID-19 vaccination distribution. Vaccine hesitancy and needle phobia are two likely contributors towards lower vaccination rates. One of the initial intervention projects from the AIR-P focuses on reducing needle anxiety and improving immunization rates among autistic individuals. This intervention was developed as a pilot to address needle anxiety in conjunction with Pfizer and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for use in an Improving Pediatric Immunization Care collaborative but has not been widely implemented. The AIR-P network provides an opportunity to implement this needle anxiety intervention in multiple sites. Measures of success for this intervention would include vaccination rates among autistic individuals and satisfaction with the vaccine administration process.
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