2021 Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series. April 15: Health Equity and Disability

According to The Missing Billion, disabled people are three times as likely to be denied health care and four times more likely to be mistreated by the health care system. And now, the COVID-19 pandemic has further laid bare systemic ableism in the health care system. To successfully achieve health equity, we must focus on the issues through a disability lens. Join California Wellness Foundation CEO Judy Belk in conversation with Andrés Gallegos, Chairman of the National Council on Disability, and Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, Director of the Center for Deaf Health Equity at Gallaudet University, to learn about the intersections between disability and access to health care and to explore philanthropy’s role in supporting meaningful change.

This free webinar is the second of a four-part series focusing on the intersections of disability with key issues, made possible by the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy.

CART will be provided. If you require another accommodation to fully participate in the webinar, please note it in your registration, or contact Pat Daley at assistant@disabilityphilanthropy.org or 312-970-9394.

About the Panelists

Moderator: Judy Belk, CEO of the California Wellness Foundation and member of the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy

Judy Belk leads the The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), one of California’s largest public health philanthropic institutions, in advancing its mission to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California, with a core belief that access to quality health care is a human right. A prolific writer and speaker on organizational ethics, race, and social change, Belk has been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio (NPR) in addition to other news outlets. Before joining Cal Wellness, she served as senior vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Panelist: Andrés Gallegos, Chairman, National Council on Disability

Andrés Gallegos is a shareholder with the law firm of Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd. and is the founder and director of its national disability rights practice. He was recently appointed as the Chairman of the National Council on Disability (NCD) by President Biden and is a frequent speaker and has authored numerous articles on matters regarding the application of disability-related laws to healthcare providers and the disability rights movement.

Panelist: Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, Director, Center for Deaf Health Equity at Gallaudet University

Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar is an Assistant to the Provost for Research and Engagement at Gallaudet University, and she also directs the school’s Center for Deaf Health Equity. She is the principal investigator of grants funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that total over $3.5 million dollars and has published many papers and delivered numerous presentations about deaf health equity.