2010 Anne Rudigier Award

November 2, 2010

Jasmina Sisirak, MPH awarded 2010 AUCD Anne Rudigier Award

Jasmina Sisirak, MPH, of the Institute on Disability and Human Development, The University of Illinois at Chicago, received the 2010 Anne Rudigier Award today at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference.  Jasmina was unable to attend in person.

Presented by the Rudigier Family to commemorate the accomplishments and commitment of their daughter Anne, this award recognizes an outstanding student demonstrating a commitment to supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families.

From the presentation ceremony:

"Jasmina is a doctoral candidate in the University of Illinois at Chicago Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health program. She is also a Project Coordinator at the Illinois UCEDD, directing and coordinating several projects within the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities.

Jasmina is an accomplished student with an outstanding portfolio of publications and grants. She has carved a unique area, that of nutrition supports for adults aging with developmental disabilities. With a background in nutrition and public health and with her passion for health promotion of adults with developmental disabilities, she has been a key player in the research of the center. She co-authored two books: 1) Health Matters: Establishing Sustainable Exercise and Nutrition Health Promotion Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and 2) Health Matters: Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.

Most recently she (as Co-Investigator) along with Beth Marks (as Principal Investigator) received a million dollar three year grant from the Eunice Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development to develop community partnerships to promote health of adults aging with developmental disabilities. Jasmina's dissertation lays new ground in developing an instrument that assesses the level of supports to nutrition in community homes. Her work can lead to greater understanding of how to target nutrition trainings for staff and improve dietary intake and subsequently decrease health disparities of people with intellectual disabilities who live in community settings. Jasmina is an excellent educator and presenter and has given numerous workshops, seminars, and presentations at local, national and international conferences. She has trained hundreds of staff in train the trainer sessions around the country. Congratulations, Jasmina."



Established in 1971, AUCD is a membership organization comprised of three national networks of interdisciplinary, university-based Centers dedicated to research, education, leadership training, policy development, and direct service for people with disabilities.