NWI Webinar: Creating Inclusive Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities
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NWI Webinar: Creating Inclusive Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities

This webinar is part of NWI's Wellness Webinars series--always free for NWI members!

 Export to Your Calendar 5/13/2020
When: Wednesday May 13, 2020
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CT
Where: United States
Presenter: Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH
Contact: National Wellness Institute

Online registration is available until: 5/13/2020
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Creating Inclusive Health for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Alicia Bazzano Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CENTRAL (CT) time
Presenters: Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD MPH and Justin Hunsinger


Continuing education credit included!

Webinar Description

Special Olympics Health, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, and in the United States in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is creating a world where people with intellectual disabilities (ID) have every opportunity to be healthy. The goal of inclusive health is to eliminate health disparities for people with ID and ensure equitable access to quality health for all. When people with ID have access to health services, they also have more opportunities for education, employment, sports, and other pathways to reach full participation in society. This webinar will provide an introduction to intellectual disabilities, emphasizing the unmet health needs of this population. The hope is that following this presentation, you will be better prepared to make your work more inclusive for people with intellectual disabilities.


Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • define and describe intellectual disability
  • identify strategies to communicate effectively with individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • more effectively address the health needs and explain the causes for unmet needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities

Webinar Access

Free for NWI members! Register above. Note: Per the presenter's request, a PDF handout of this webinar slides will not be made available to participants.

$60 for Guests/Non-members. (Join NWI now for free access!)

About the Presenter

Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics, provides strategic oversight of health activities around the world to ensure public funding, policies, medical training programs, and health service delivery are inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Bazzano is a pediatrician and public health executive who has dedicated her career to improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities. Prior to joining Special Olympics in 2019, she previously served as Senior Medical Director for Health Policy at Acumen, LLC and Chief Physician at the Westside Regional Center in Los Angeles, which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Bazzano was deeply involved in the founding of the Achievable Health Center, a first-of-its-kind federally qualified health center dedicated to developmental disabilities, and she served as founding Co-Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Bazzano is a faculty member of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and she previously served as Clinical Director for Health Promotion at Special Olympics Healthy Athletes in Southern California.

Dr. Bazzano completed medical school and pediatric residency at UCLA and was a UCLA Clinical Scholar, selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She also completed her Masters in Public Health and her doctorate degree in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UCLA. Dr. Bazzano has been appointed to several state and national executive boards, including the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and served as a Healthcare Leadership Fellow with the California Health Care Foundation.

About the Co-presenter

Justin Hunsinger, Global Messenger for Special Olympics, is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He previously had internships with the Young Athletes and Unified Champion Schools teams. Justin participates in Special Olympics soccer, basketball, and softball. A fun fact about Justin is that his soccer team got second place in Seattle at the top level of traditional soccer for the 2018 Special Olympics USA games.