In the fall of 2021, the Center for Health Equity at Indiana University, with funding from the Indiana State Department of Health’s Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care and Rural Health, will provide three opportunities for health professionals to attend a virtual workshop, Optimal Health for All. While these workshops will be conducted online, speakers and resources will be featured from the following local communities: Indianapolis, Gary, or New Albany.
Registration coming soon for 2021 workshops
Questions? Matt Norris Project Coordinator (812) 856-5251
One in four people in Indiana have a disability. Given the number of Hoosiers with disabilities, and the desire to make health program and health care accessible, it is important to understand how to best accommodate and effectively communicate with people with disabilities. The workshop will feature a panel of local community members with disabilities, Dr. Amy Sekhar, owner of Point Blue Training and Consulting, and Dr. Jae Chul Lee from the Center for Health Equity, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.
This 3-hour workshop will cover:
The current landscape for disability and health in Indiana
Common barriers experienced by people with disabilities in health care or health promotion settings
Disability awareness, sensitivity, and effective communication.
These Optimal Health for All workshops will be offered online using the Zoom web conferencing platform. While the workshops will be online, we will feature speakers and resources from the Indianapolis, Gary, and New Albany communities. The dates will be announced in March.
September 2021 - Indianapolis
October 2021 - Gary
November 2021 - New Albany
The Center for Health Equity at Indiana University will offer 3.0 continuing education credits as a Category 1 Provider for professions licensed through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Continuing education credits are available for Social Workers, Counselors, Dentist, Dental Hygienists, and others.
Dr. Amy Sekhar of Point Blue Training and Consulting is a sought-after speaker and trainer in diversity and inclusive practices for organizations and other community groups. She will address disability sensitivity, awareness, and effective communication, bringing in her personal experiences.
Dr. Jae Chul Lee is the Director of the Center for Health Equity with the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. He has published multiple articles on health disparities for and among people with disabilities. He has also directed efforts to address such disparities at a state level, through disability data monitoring and surveillance; public health reports; and a state strategic plan. His commitment to improving health equity for people with disabilities comes from his own experience with his father’s severe traumatic brain injury.
Each workshop will feature a panel of Hoosiers with Disabilities from the local community who will share their personal stories about the challenges and barriers to optimal health.