Peggy Holtz is a research associate with the Center for Health Equity (CHE) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Holt’s work includes promoting the voice of people with disabilities to have equal opportunities for healthy and meaningful lives. Through interviews with persons with disabilities, family members, friends, service providers, and public officials, she has co-written and produced videos addressing issues of interest to individuals with disabilities. Topics covered include health care, employment, relationships, education, community living, transportation, legislation, and advocacy. Holtz has presented on, and developed, training materials and programs on community inclusion, disability history, healthy lifestyles, and aging.
Holtz holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Leisure Studies from Iowa State University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Recreation Administration from Indiana University.
The expression “Nothing About Us Without Us” drives my work. Over the years, my passion for the work I do has focused on partnering with people with disabilities to find their voice. I’ve had the pleasure of capturing and sharing their stories, working together to promote advocacy, and providing opportunities to be engaged in their communities. In addition, my work has included collaborating with people with disabilities to create opportunities to obtain better health care, enhance their health literacy, and live healthier lives.
- Sexual health
- Oral history
- Health and wellness
- Harlan-Simmons, J., Holtz, P., & Johnson, K. (2019, November). What’s new in history? Life stories of Hoosiers with disabilities as tools for education and advocacy. Indiana Conference on Disability, Indianapolis, IN.
- Harlan-Simmons, J., Holtz, P., & Lee, J. C. (2018, November). Belonging to history: The Indiana Disability History Project: Raising the visibility of disability experience and advocacy. Poster session presented at the 2018 Association of University Centers on Disabilities annual meeting, Washington, DC.
- Holtz, P. (n.d.). Indiana disability history [YouTube channel]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKTaOP34sSzyrvsHJ0ZgAvw
- Holtz, P. (2015, February). Memory bridge training retreat buddy visit [Video files]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/Jd0hTLfioe4
- Mooney, M., Holtz, P. (July, 2004). Self-advocacy. International Best Buddies conference, Bloomington, IN.