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Episode #346 Health Equity And Developmental Disability Awareness

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How are you leading and engaging in health equity and developmental disability awareness conversations with the communities you serve? March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month, and we brought this topic to a panel of professionals in our recent Public Health Roundtable discussion with Linda Gordon, M.D., MPH, and Ericka Horne, MPH, CHES. We share that conversation with you in this episode, where you’ll gain insight into the need to increase access to information, increase developmental disability screening, improve morbidity, and increase data gathering. We also touch on the importance of combating stigma and supporting the development of emergency preparedness plans that are inclusive of populations with developmental disabilities. The opportunities that public health professionals have to make an impact in these areas is also explored. For all this and more, tune in!


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Conversation Highlights


  • Introducing today’s panelists, Dr. Linda Gordon and Ericka Horne, MPH

  • A definition of developmental disabilities and why awareness is so important

  • The need to increase access, screening, and data gathering while improving morbidity

  • Some of the different forms that health informatics can take and what its purpose is

  • Ways that Childverse handles the flow of information from several angles

  • How Ericka leads and engages in developmental disability awareness conversations in the faith-based communities she serves

  • Reasons that it’s important to address the workforce shortage and combat stigma

  • Why emergency preparedness for populations with developmental disabilities is critical

  • The value of advocacy and normalizing conversations about public health



“Often, people don’t even think about developmental disabilities and how they play a role in our society when it comes to [access and health equity].” — Ericka Horne

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