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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 work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and others) who are working to integrate disability-related content and experiences into healthcare education and training programs. Through journal article publications, conference presentations, and representation 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.


We commend ADHCE.org former president, Sarah Ailey PhD RN for her two recently published Op-Eds (1) Her latest Op-Ed published in Visible Magazine: HEALTHCARE BIAS IS LOWERING THE STANDARD OF CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DURING THE COVID CRISIS (2) -Are we Prepared to Provide Care to People with IDD  This op-ed was recently published in MEDPAGE Today      

ADHCE Board Member, Peppar Cyr, MPhil recently published an article and her co-author Su C, Accessible Medical Education and TIC: Increasing Equitable Care for Disabled Patients. HPHR. 2021;44.  It's a commentary article about disability and Trauma-Informed Care in medical education that Cyr mentored a medical student and writing this in collaboration.


ADHCE Vice President Carole Schwartz M.S., OTR co-authored two publications released Feb 11, 2022 by            Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

    A Post-Acute Care Function Process Quality Measure for the Collection of Standardized Self-Care and Mobility        Data: Development, Implementation, & Quality Measure Scores  Anne Deutsch, PhD, RN, CRRN , Lauren                      Palmer, PhD, Tara McMullen, PhD, Molly Vaughan, PhD, DPT, Carole Schwartz, MS,OTR, Alrick Edwards, MPH

    Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patients’ Functional Abilities and Validity Evaluation of the Standardized Self-          Care and Mobility Data Elements   Anne Deutsch, PhD, RN, CRRN, FACRM, Lauren Palmer, PhD,

    Molly Vaughan, PhD, DPT, Carole Schwartz, MS, OT/R, Tara McMullen, PhD (link upon request) 

ADHCE member Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, professor at Harvard Medical School was cited as one of the mentors who provided guidance to Trisha Kaundinya in her solo authorship of the Health Affairs Feb. 14, 2022 publication: The Need for Disability Documentation in the Electronic Health Record 

June 9, 2022  ADHCE Annual Meeting (Virtual) 

The Alliance for Disability in
Health Care Education 

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Agenda for Annual Meeting

9am-12pm EST:  Presentation sessions (@ 5-10 min)
12 -1 pm EST:   Lunch break and virtual chats
1-3 pm EST:   ADHCE Members Business meeting

ADHCE Annual Meeting on June 9, 2022 will be virtually presented through Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. The morning session will consist of presentations of research and practice projects, community initiatives and projects, as well as ideas for new work. Presentations can consist of a brief (5-10 minute)  We expect presenters to be a mixture of Alliance members, other health professionals and disability community members. The presentations are meant to give members and supporters an overview of initiatives to improve the education of healthcare professionals about providing care to persons with disabilities and improving how the healthcare system interacts with persons with disabilities. Members will automatically receive an invitation (members need not register to attend only to present)

Call for abstracts is still open. Submit abstract proposals to Sarah_H_Ailey@rush.edu or Suzanne.smeltzer@villanova.edu\ no later than May 31st! Click this link for form