Accessibility and Equity in Health Care

Date: 07/14/21
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Difficulty: Intermediate

Overview: In the United States, as many as one in four adults has a defined disability. In 2020, the United States commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended. Many of the same barriers, forms of bias, and issues remain true since the enactment of that landmark civil rights statutory scheme. 

Although the pandemic has disproportionately affected people with disabilities and their documented health disparities, the challenges faced by this demographic finally became the concern of media outside of public health lawyers and law experts. However, the barriers and social exclusion experienced by these Americans predates both the pandemic and federal anti-discrimination law--including policies within the health care system.

These barriers include:

  • The failure of Providers to comply with their legal obligation to competently, culturally, and properly interact and communicate with colleagues and patients with disabilities.
  • The lack of provider understanding regarding technology inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities (not sure if this is what Gary meant from the description. Let me know if you think it’s too different and I’ll change it back)
  • The partnership of people with disabilities who seek care with their service animals
  • The long-term and on-going inaccessibility of women’s health and wellness by women with disabilities
  • Barriers related to mental health, substance abuse, and our country’s increased policy focus on these matters

A documentable amount of law, policy, and even personal story demands the attention of health care lawyers. This webinar will spotlight some issues, sparking a much-needed long-term practice conversation about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and removing barriers to people with disabilities in health care.

Speaker Information:

  • Gary C. Norman, Lawyer, Columnist, and Public Policy Consensus-Builder
  • Barbara L. Kornblau, Program Director and Professor, Idaho State University
  • Daniel Hodges, President & Co-founder, Peaces of Me Foundation