Jennie Todd is a Research Associate at Center for Health Equity, who has had the pleasure of working with persons with disabilities, their families and their support teams, as well as professionals, state leaders and organizations, in the field for over thirty years. Her current focus includes research, consultation, facilitation, technical assistance and the development of trainings for individuals with disabilities and professionals/families supporting them. Her areas of interest include livable communities, health equity, community membership, person-centered planning, and advocacy. She has developed curriculums, workbooks and extensive trainings that bring together older adults and persons with disabilities around the core components of livable community and advocacy. She has also developed numerous curriculums, workbooks and facilitated workshops for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities promoting community membership and civic engagement, health and wellness, person-centered planning, self-advocacy/self-determination, relationships, and sexuality. She has a strong belief that everyone deserves the opportunity and support to lead a valued and meaningful life.
Helping people find their voices and share their stories through thoughtful interviewing is another focus of Todd’s work. Utilizing the Center for Health Equity’s Story Tent along with a videographer, numerous stories have been collected, posted and archived through the Indiana Disability History project as well as our Center’s YouTube channel.
Prior to coming to the IIDC, Todd spent 12 years in a multi-county day service provider agency in numerous capacities, ranging from Social Worker to acting CEO. During her tenure, she was instrumental in piloting several innovative programs that received national attention.