Harrogate, Tennessee, July 26, 2019 —Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will host Disability Day on Wednesday, August 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hamilton Math and Science Building on the LMU main campus in Harrogate. Health care providers from the community are invited to attend.
The goal of Disability Day is for medical students, physician assistant students, nursing students and other health care providers to learn about the various aspects of providing care to individuals with disabilities. The event was made possible through a grant from American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and the support of Bella Soul, a non-profit with a mission to empower college students confronting chronic illness or disability through scholarships and emotional support. Fourth-year osteopathic medical students, Shannon Strader, Andrew Villaseñor and third-year student Candyce Mehler applied for the grant and organized the event with university partners.
“Our hope is to reduce the disparity in health care for individuals with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Strader said. “Our school believes all individuals with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve comprehensive, affordable, respectful, safe and accessible health care.”
The event will include experts from around the United States including:
A panel of speakers from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (TDIDD) will present information on behavioral health, body language and non-verbal cues, protection from the harm system, interprofessional collaboration, ethical dilemmas, developmental disabilities nursing, seating and positioning mobile clinic, person centered thinking, enabling technology, and education on fall prevention, aspiration and choking. The panel includes:
TDIDD provides an extensive amount of services for those living with a spectrum of diseases and disabilities under the intellectual and developmental umbrella including employment, health care, home health, equipment, and seating and positioning services. TDIDD is helping organize Disability Day as well as possible future clinical rotation locations for students at their partnered clinics.
The event is open to health care providers in the area and is free to attend. For more information on the event contact Shannon Strader at [email protected].
The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email [email protected], or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.