Promoting Health Behaviors for Persons With Disabilities

Webinar //


Oct 14 2015, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST


The APHA Disability Section is conducting their eighth webinar in the student webinar series. The purpose of these webinars is to promote learning, to provide an opportunity for students and Disability Section members to share their research throughout the year! 

Moderator: Vijay Vasudevan PhD, MPH
Dr. Vasudevan earned his PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his MPH in social and behavioral sciences of health promotion from the University of Florida. His research focuses on correlates of physical activity for people with disabilities.  


Adriane Griffen, DrPH(c), MPH, MCHES, oversees public health efforts for the national headquarters of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. She has over 15 years of experience in the disability and health field, with specialty areas in health promotion, social marketing, qualitative research, and health education.  She has a MPH with a focus area in health promotion and disease prevention and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Additionally, she is a Doctorate of Public Health in Leadership candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, with a focus on systems change and capacity building.

Tara M. Lutz, M.P.H., CHES, is a doctoral student in public health at the University of Connecticut where she also earned her master's degree in public health. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her presentation draws from her graduate work and experiences and focuses on the need for comprehensive, inclusive, accessible sex education for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Akilah Heggs, M.A., CCC-A, currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on health promotion with a particular emphasis on maternal and child health, specifically related to children with special healthcare needs. Akilah has participated as a trainee in the MCH Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program and worked as a graduate research assistant with the Center for Leadership in Disability at GSU, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.


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