Health Education Resources: Health Care Professionals

Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions (CDIHP)


Western University of Health Sciences            


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The mission of CDIHP is to enhance health professions education, and to improve access for people with disabilities to health, health education and health care services.  The Center focuses on: improving the capabilities of health care providers to meet the needs of people with disabilities through the integration of disability content into the curriculum at pre- and post-graduate levels; increasing the number of qualified individuals with disabilities who pursue careers in the health professions through the development and implementation of a recruitment program and University support services; supporting people with disabilities in becoming more vocal and active participants in their health care; and conducting and disseminating research on community- based health education, prevention, and health care services for people with disabilities.


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Western University of Health Sciences

309 East Second Street

Pomona, CA 91766-1854
(909) 623-6116                      


DECOD: Dental Education in the Care of Persons with Disabilities


University of Washington School of Dentistry                         


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DECOD is a special program that provides dental visits to people with severe disabilities and prepares dental professionals to meet their special oral health needs.  DECOD offers dental professionals in training many formats of instruction in the dental management of persons with disabilities, including Short-Term Fellowships, Individualized Lecture/Clinical Instruction, a Video Lecture Series, and Self-Directed Modules.  Topics include:  Wheelchair Transfer, Organizing a Mobile Dental Practice, Oral Medicine Problems in the Patient with a Disability, Overview of the Use of Sedation with Developmentally Disabled Persons, Spinal Cord Injury & Traumatic Head Injury: Dental Management, Cultural Aspects of Deafness, Oral Health Care for Persons with Psychiatric Disorders, and The Blind Patient.


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University of Washington School of Dentistry

1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 357440

Seattle, WA  98195                

(206) 543-5982


The Developmental Disabilities Resources for Healthcare Providers ( website      


Funded by the California Department of Developmental Services and coordinated by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine (UCSD CME)              


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The goal of this website, a collaboration of California-based information and programs on developmental disabilities, is to improve the health of people with developmental disabilities in California. The website is designed to assist physicians and other healthcare providers in caring for people with developmental disabilities, as well as to support consumers with developmental disabilities and their families in making informed health care decisions. The information in this site includes medical care information for specific syndromes and related issues, health provider educational opportunities, speaking opportunities, publications, and links to selected websites.


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Continuing Medical Education

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0617

La Jolla, CA 92093-0617

(858) 534-3940

Toll-free: 888-229-6263



A Provider’s Guide for the Care of Women with Physical Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions, 2005, originally written by Dr. Sandra Welner and updated by Suzanne C. Smeltzer, RN, EdD, FAAN and Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, RN, PhD, FAAN


Developed by the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health, a

partnership between the North Carolina Division of Public Health of the Department of Health and Human Services and the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with Villanova University College of Nursing


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The guide is designed for clinicians to improve their knowledge and practice in providing care to women with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions; it includes information on access to medical care, removing barriers, reproductive health care, and health promotion and wellness.       


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FPG Child Development Institute
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB 8180, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180
(919) 966-2622



Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA)’s Medical Education Programs     


Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA)                         


Format             Medical Education Programs                        


TSA has established a program partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities to launch programs to promote medical awareness of TS, including symposia, grand rounds, educational materials, medical education programs, teleconferencing, and webinars for physicians and allied health care professionals across the country. Live programs are planned to be held in underserved areas, in association with TSA nationwide chapters. Physician advisors and researchers associated with TSA will offer free comprehensive education for physicians.  The goal of this program is to increase the knowledge of best practices for TS treatment, and to encourage more physicians and allied professionals to serve people with TS.  Physicians and allied heath professionals who participate in grand rounds and medical education programs will receive supplemental learning materials in DVD, CD, and other formats and will receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from most programs.


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Gary Frank, ACSW, LCSW


Executive Vice President, TSA


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Tourette Syndrome Association

42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 205

Bayside, NY 11361

(718) 224-2999, ext. 235



Women with Disabilities (WWD) Education Program               


Sponsored by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Cardinal Health, Christopher Reeve Foundation, FISA Foundation, Harvard Medical School, Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and University of Pittsburgh


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In 2004, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsored a summit meeting entitled “Breaking Down the Barriers to Health Care for Women with Disabilities,” during which participants discussed various healthcare challenges facing women with disabilities, especially the need for better access to services. The WWD Program was developed to meet the educational need for improving care to this diverse and underserved population. The concept for the project came from a special task force consisting of physicians and other healthcare professionals. The WWD Program provides two parallel tracts of a self-management curriculum for patients and a training curriculum for health professionals; downloadable materials are presented in a variety of interactive formats, such as PowerPoint slide sets including narrated versions, videos, and illustrated monographs.


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