Waisman Center UCEDD Partners with Community to Address Health Equity for Latino Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities with Funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

June 24, 2021

Website Link  https://www.waisman.wisc.edu/2021/06/14/ucedd-project-to-address-health-equity-for-latino-families-of-children-with-developmental-disabilities/

Padres e Hijos en Acción and the Waisman Center University for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a $330,000 grant to improve local health care responsiveness to the needs of Latino families of children with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs in Dane County. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the three-year campaign is part of the Community Solutions for Health Equity program led by Community Catalyst, a national non-profit health equity advocacy organization.

When trying to access the supportive services and resources available to families of children with disabilities, Latino families often face additional systemic, cultural and linguistic barriers alongside the typical bureaucratic issues. “The research shows that Latino and Black families face many more barriers to accessing services and supports,” said Gail Chödrön, PhD, who co-leads the project out of the Waisman Center. “But only community members can really show us how to make the changes that will make a difference for them.”

Padres e Hijos en Acción – a grassroots non-profit organization of individuals with disabilities, their families, friends and community members – in partnership with the Waisman Center UCEDD, will employ this grant to lead a Community Solutions for Health Equity initiative to address these challenges in Dane County. Using educational workshops, listening sessions, and stakeholder engagement, the partnership will bring the voices, stories, and solutions from the Latino community together with key local stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem to co-create solutions to achieve health equity for Latino families.
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