Working towards Equitable Access to Health Care for People with Disabilities

How do societal attitudes and physical infrastructural limitations intersect to create barriers to accessing healthcare for individuals with disabilities, and what systemic changes are necessary to ensure equitable access to healthcare services for this population?

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Course Information

  • Audience: All public health professionals working in nonprofits, healthcare, educational institutions, government and private sector
  • Format: Webinar
  • Date/Time: Thursday, May 2, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Sponsored by New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID:TBA
    If you are not seeking a CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluations, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Health Equity Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Companion Trainings: None
  • Supplemental materials:PowerPoint and follow-up email with any links mentioned during presentation.
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Technical Requirements: This webinar is hosted on the Zoom platform. Please refer to the Zoom System Specifications to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements for connecting.

About this Webinar

People with disabilities face numerous barriers in accessing health care, and while, the barriers to care are numerous and diverse there has been little research done to capture information from people with disabilities directly, in their own words. Disability Rights Maine conducted a mixed-methods research project with the goal of identifying and quantifying the barriers Mainers with disabilities face when accessing health care services. This presentation will share history of how the project came to be, key findings, and describe how the findings can be used to work towards system- and policy-level changes.

What you'll learn

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss barriers to high-quality and appropriate healthcare for people with disabilities
  • Identify potential strategies to address healthcare access and equity issues faced by people with disabilities

Subject Matter Expert

  • Jen Battis

    Jennifer Battis

  • Jennifer Battis is the Health Equity Project Coordinator at Disability Rights Maine (DRM) where she works to reduce systemic- and policy-level barriers to improve healthcare access and quality for people with disabilities across the state of Maine. She has over 14 years of experience working to ensure community voices are included in research and evaluation work. Most recently, she has worked with people with disabilities across the state of Maine to release a report called “’I Don’t Get the Care I Need’: Equitable Access to Health Care for Mainers with Disabilities” which described barriers to accessing health care. Prior to working at DRM, she lead evaluations and provided technical assistance to local and cross-site projects in Maine and across the United States


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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Deparment of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of award 2 UB6HP31685‐05‐00 “Public Health Training Centers.” The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.