April 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is hosting its annual Institute on Disability and Health on May 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place.

The 2014 Nisonger Institute will explore the research, programs, and policies that affect the health of people with disabilities and their families. Topics will include emergency preparedness for children with special health care needs, overall health and medicine, transitioning from pediatric to adult-based health care, Ohioans with disabilities, self-advocacy in medical settings, health care policy issues for those with disabilities and political action to achieve health and equity.

William Martin, MD, dean of the College of Public Health at Ohio State will offer opening remarks. Other presenters include parent advocates, Sandra Williams and Marla Root. This year’s keynote speakers include:

  • Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
  • Donald Lollar, EdD, LISW, Oregon Health and Science University 
  • Christopher Hanks, MD, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Susan Havercamp, PhD, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
  • Beth Marks, RN, PhD, University of Illinois

Media representatives are asked to contact Media Relations at 614-293-3737 to make arrangements to cover this event. Parking is available in the Tuttle Park Place and Lane Avenue parking garages.

Health care professionals, educators, parents and family members are welcome to attend this event. Online registration is available and day-of registrations will be accepted if space is available. For more information, contact Ann Robinson at 614-685-6551.

The Nisonger Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, is part of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and was founded in 1966 to provide assistance to people with disabilities and their families, service providers and organizations by promoting inclusion of people with disabilities in education, health, employment and community settings.


Contact: Alexis Shaw, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or Alexis.Shaw2@osumc.edu

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