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The Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, Inc. (ADHCE), is a “501 (c) (3) Public Charity”  organization of healthcare educators and professionals (e.g. medicine, nursing, public health, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and others) who are working to integrate disability-related content and experiences into healthcare education and training programs. Through journal article publications, presenting at conferences, and participating on advisory panels and workgroups, the Alliance strives to ensure that the need for disability-related education and training in healthcare is recognized and addressed.

Group Calls

TOPIC:  Perinatal Health and Birth Outcomes in Women with Disabilities:

Current State of the Science, and Implications for Future Research

This presentation will summarize the current state of the science of perinatal health in women with disabilities, a population that faces numerous barriers and is highly stigmatized in health care settings. We will also cover further areas for research including the NICU experience in this population and the importance intersectionality



Dr. Monika Mitra is the Nancy Lurie Marks Associate Professor of Disability Policy, and Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University. Her research examines the health care experiences and health outcomes of people with disabilities, with a focus on the sexual and reproductive health of women with disabilities. She is currently co-leading multiple research centers, including the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities; Center for Disability and Pregnancy Research; Community Living Policy Center; and Community Living Equity Center.


Heather Watkins is a disabled Black woman living in Boston, Massachusetts, who was born with Muscular Dystrophy and is a cane-user and occasional wheelchair-user. Heather is the mother of a young adult daughter. She serves on a number of disability-related boards also writes/blogs as an extension of her advocacy. Heather is also a co-founder of Divas with Disabilities Project, a group aimed at showcasing the diversity and normalcy of women of color with the goal of impacting and transcending the definition of what disability looks like from group members’ own perspectives.


Nicole Lomerson, MPH is a Research Associate at the Lurie Center for Disability Policy. Nicole has a particular interest in the needs of disabled parents in the NICU, and in developing the best methods to support those parents so they can care for their babies during what is often the most vulnerable time in the life of a family. Prior to joining Lurie, Nicole was a health services researcher specializing in Medicaid Home and Community Based Services for people with Disabilities. Nicole is also a mother with a developmental disability.

If you are not a member you will need to register below to receive a Zoom invite to attend monthly Zooms.

We hope you consider supporting our work as a member. Along with our ongoing operational expenses we provide student scholarships on topics of Disability Education and Advocacy

The Alliance for Disability in 
Health Care Education 
Thursday, February 2, 2023 
ADHCE Monthly Meeting (Virtual) 

10:30 - 11:30 AM CST 



Doreen Bestolarides Free Video Webinar

  • September 2022 - Doreen was a speaker at ANCOR Tackling the Next Healthcare Concern: What Community Providers Need to Know About Monkey Pox  Video Link Here

Molly Bathje on LinkedIn:

  • August 2022 Congratulations to Molly Bathje PhD, MS OTL/R, ADHCE member's newly published work: "Improving health outcomes in neurodiverse populations through health care provider education" in American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Quarterly Special Interest Section (SIS) Newsletter, representing the Academic Education SIS. This informative article includes discussion of the 2019 The Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education ( set of core competencies for disability health care education. The article discussed and referenced the ADHCE Core Competencies click on this link


Sarah Ailey shared via LinkedIn:

  • August 2022  This op-ed by Dr. Sarah Ailey highlights the dire conditions facing people with IDD in Ukraine and the need for change in the long-term care workforce click on link

  • July 2022  Immediate past ADHCE president, Sarah Ailey will be receiving an Outstanding Alumni Award for The University of Illinois College of Nursing. It has been her life's work for the last 20 years to improve the health and health care of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Follow the conversation by clicking this link

  • July 2022 Sarah Ailey's Op-Ed article was published in Visible Magazine: "The supreme court Roe V Wade decision should prompt actions on disability rights and accessibility.Review by clicking  this link 

  • June 2022 Sarah Ailey was quoted in an article published in ACP Internist, "Better Care For Patients with Disability". Read about this important topic, click on link here

  • April 12 2022, Sarah Ailey's Op-Ed "Healthcare Bias is Lowering the standard of Care for Persons with Disabilities During the COVID Crisis click this link

Teresa Moro shared via LinkedIn:

  • July 2022 Immediate past VP ADHCE announced her op-ed in Visible Magazine "The healthcare system failed my mom, a retired nurse, will it fail yours?"  Read this compelling story by clicking here

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