DHHS grant-funded conference on women with disabilities

The conference will target a national multidisciplinary cadre of psychologists and other health care professionals and consumers

The Women’s Programs and Disabilities Issues in Psychology Offices have secured funding from the Office on Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services for a Fall 2011 two-day national multidisciplinary conference to educate health professionals by highlighting special issues concerning women with disabilities, including health disparities, disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, heath conditions, reproductive health, psychological health, abuse, access to care and services, and health equity.  

The conference will target a national multidisciplinary cadre of psychologists and other health care professionals and consumers who are committed to the improved health outcomes for women and girls with disabilities. APA plans to offer Continuing Education credits. The target population of women and men will be racially/ethnically and geographically diverse.

Conference goals include:

  • Showcasing evidenced-based research concerning the health and wellness of women with disabilities in order to promote increased awareness and knowledge of the unique issues (i.e., health disparities, access to health, reproductive health) facing women with disabilities in all their diversities

  • Promoting and exchanging knowledge and information among psychologists and other health care providers to develop best practices that will improve and/or increase positive health care outcomes for women with disabilities

  • Developing relationships and cooperation among organizations and professionals concerned with issues related to women with disabilities

  • Identifying gaps in research and formulate recommendations for future research, practice, education, and policy to positively influence the lives of women with disabilities

  • Strengthening the capacity of psychological and health services professionals to provide informed and appropriate health care to women with disabilities