Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies


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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Location: Webinar

A Webinar from AUCD's Public Health Team and The ARC HealthMeet®

Webinar Description:

One in five Americans-over 54 million-have a disability, yet many public health programs do not include them in their program design. People with disabilities are more likely to experience chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease as compared to people without disabilities. There is a clear need for public health efforts to reduce health disparities among people with disabilities. The Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies were created for the public health workforce to provide basic knowledge on the relationship between disability and public health programs, and increase the capacity of public health practitioners to include people with disabilities in their public health efforts. The presentation will provide an overview of the Competencies and examples for implementation from AUCD. The Arc HealthMeet team will also present on how the material has been adapted to educate public health professionals about adults with ID and how to include them in planning and health promotion.



ag photoAdriane K. Griffen, DrPH, MPH, MCHES
Senior Director, Public Health and Leadership, AUCD

Dr. Adriane Griffen oversees public health efforts at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. She has over 16 years of experience in the disability and health field, with specialty areas in health promotion, social marketing, qualitative research, and health education. Her activities focus on building the nation's capacity for developmental disabilities and health promotion for people living with disabilities across the age span. She directs social marketing efforts, which foster positive health behavior change, and conducts trainings and presentations at various public health forums across the country on early monitoring for developmental delays in children and preventing secondary conditions for people living with a disability, such as smoking cessation.

Dr. Griffen holds a Master of Public Health with a specialty in social marketing from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, and recently completed a Doctor of Public Health in Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her dissertation efforts focused on understanding state public health system readiness, capacity, and capacity building factors necessary to include people living with a disability in public health programs.


al pictureAmie Lulinski, PhD
Director, Research and Evaluation, The Arc of the United States

Amie has worked with and for individuals who have I/DD and their families since 1995, beginning with serving as a direct support professional. Since then, Amie has served in various roles at community-based organizations serving individuals with I/DD in two states. Prior to joining The Arc's national office in 2014, Amie served as Senior Research Specialist in Developmental Disabilities at the Institute for Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she also earned a Master's degree in Disability and Human Development as well as a PhD in Disability Studies. Additionally, Amie served as the Policy and Advocacy Director for the Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program, providing guest lectures on such topics as Medicaid, Olmstead implementation and legislative advocacy, as well as providing policy mentorship to trainees. Amie maintains a relationship with UIC as an Adjunct Assistant Research Professor.



sh pictureShannon M. Haworth, MA
Public Health Analyst, Office of Health Equity, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Shannon Haworth is a Public Health Analyst in the Office of Health Equity at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Her focus is on evaluating and monitoring programs that ensure health equity and access to health services for native and minority populations. She most recently worked as the the Senior Program Manager, Disability and Public Health for the Public Health team at AUCD where she lead and implemented workforce capacity building, training, health education, health promotion, development, and technical assistance activities for the AUCD network.

Before coming to AUCD she worked at the Partnership for People with Disabilities as the Project Manager for the Virginia state autism implementation grant. She is a former Virginia LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) trainee. Shannon is also the proud parent of a young child with autism. Shannon has a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and a graduate certificate in Autism from Ball State University. She has also earned a Post Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Disability Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently studying Health Promotion and Education in the Ph.d program at Walden University.


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The Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies was supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number, 5 U38 OT 000140 - 03  and  5 UO1 DD 000231-05  funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

Funding for the adaptation of The Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies was provided to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) from The Arc of the United States.

HealthMeet® is a project of The Arc and is supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 5U59DD000993-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a grant award of $1,000,000.