Monthly ADHCE Meeting

  • 1 Feb 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC-05:00)
  • Online Via Zoom


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On the First Thursday of every month at 11:30 EST ADHCE provides a networking opportunity to members and interested guests. The monthly meeting includes presentations around current topics of interest, advocacy, and announcements for upcoming events. You can also learn more about the organization and the wonderful work of its members. Students are welcomed.

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

TOPIC: Teaching Health Care Students About Disability Within a Cultural Competency Context

In 2013, 6 ADHCE members, on behalf of the Alliance, published a commentary in Disability and Health Journal contending that:
(1) Cultural competency provides a useful conceptual framework for teaching students in the health professions about disability;
(2) Educational experiences can be structured to reflect the socio-cultural complexity of the 'disability culture'; and
(3) A set of desired culturally-based competencies can be defined regarding health care professional's approach to members of the disability culture. 

The paper described the use of an existing health care cultural competency framework in identifying competencies for serving patients who have disabilities emphasizing: 

- Value of exposing students to the lived experience of persons with disabilities in their home environment
- Need to consider multiple interacting cultural influences
- Impact of professionals' recognition of themselves as potential (or current) members of the disability culture.

1) Linda Long-Bellil, Ph.D., J.D. is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and is based at the E.K. Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School where she teaches in the Shriver Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program and conducts research and policy analysis on issues related to health care and disability. Additionally, Dr. Long-Bellil has been designing and implementing curricula for health professions students about how to provide quality care to people with disabilities for more than 20 years. She has authored and co-authored multiple publications in collaboration with other Alliance members and has served as a founding Board member and past President of the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education since

Joan Earle Hahn, PhD, GCNS, GNP, CNL, CDDN - Academic Program Coordinator in the DNP Program at Walden University and founding board member of the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association. She was an inaugural faculty fellow and mentor in the 2021-22 Golisano Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing program. Dr. Hahn has co-authored publications with Alliance members on the inclusion of disability in health care education.
Founding & Current Board member

Ken Robey, PhD, CPPS, CPHQ - Founding Pres. ADHCE &
Health care quality improvement & patient safety administrator & former Dir. Matheny Institute for Research in Dev. Disabilities at Matheny Medical & Educational Center. Former V.P. for Research and Evaluation for SERV Centers of NJ, a provider of residential behavioral health services. 1992 -Mary Switzer Fellow in Rehabilitation Research; 2015 Fulbright Specialist -Sociology; 2021-22 Mentor in the Golisano Fellowship in Developmental Disability Nursing program.


We hope you consider supporting our work and join ADHCE as a member. We welcome additional donations to support ongoing operational expenses as the organization continues to grow. We also provide student scholarships on topics of Disability Education and Advocacy.

About the association

The Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, Inc. (ADHCE), is a “501 (c) (3) Public Charity”  organization of healthcare educators and professionals who are working to integrate disability-related content and experiences into healthcare education and training programs.

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General Inquiries:  Rebecca Kronk
Membership Dues / Donations:  Andrew Symons

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