Online Program

Intersection of race, ethnicity and disability: The merits of a fully inclusive and informed public health discourse

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Florette Willis, BSBA, CPS, Disability, Disability Policy Consortium, Boston, MA
Derrick Dominique, B.A., MBA, Multicultural Independent Living Center Boston, Jamaica Plain, MA
Monika Mitra, PhD, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Dennis Heaphy, MEd, MPH, Disability Policy Consortium, Boston, MA
Theodore Chelmow, Ph.D. LMHC, Consumer Quality Initiatives, Roxbury, MA
This presentation will discuss racial and ethnic perceptions of health care delivery within the Massachusetts disability population through Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR). There is a poverty of data for this populations. Outcomes for minorities compared to non-minorities will be explored. The focus on ethnic and minority health disparities and proposed solutions are examined through a social justice lens. It will describe the outreach efforts of different community-based organizations working to address these disparities. Experiences gathered through CPAR are being utilized to shape the evolving health care system. The importance of culturally competent service provision under minority leadership as a value to the community will be discussed. The presentation will encourage an open dialogue about the unique needs of differing under represented disabilty populations not traditionally present in health policy discourse.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how race, ethnicity and disability intersect and compound negative health outcomes. Compare health outcomes among different racial groups. Identify disparities related to race and ethnicity as illustrated through Community Based Participatory Action Research. Describe how a minority run Independent Living Center utilizes its multicultural community strengths.

Keyword(s): Disability, Minority Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Co-Chair of One Care Implementation Council, Certified Peer Specialist, Muliticultural Advisory Group for DMH, and peer with lived-experience from mental illness who managed Central Mass Recovery Learning Community in 2007 and MPOWER skilled in consumer advocacy, use of the recovery model and peer support to move peers towards self-determination while improving access for minority groups to reduce health disparities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.