About

The Center focuses on improving access to health care for people with disabilities and enhancing health professions education for disabled people. This includes:

  • Improving disabilities training for health care professionals and students training to become health care professionals
  • Providing consultation to emergency managers, health care providers, hospitals, organized health systems, and key policy makers to assist in the development of systems and approaches which facilitate “equally effective services for people with disabilities”
  • Increasing the number of people with disabilities who pursue careers in the health professions
  • Supporting people with disabilities in being active participants in their health care
  • Conducting and disseminating disabilities health care research

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences is to enhance health professions education, and to improve access for people with disabilities to health, health education and health care services.

Our Focus

Western University established CDHP in 1998 in response to the concerns of the disability community. The Center focuses on:

  • Improving the capabilities of health care providers to meet the needs of people with disabilities through the integration of disability content into the curriculum of students’ education at pre- and post-graduate levels.
  • Increasing the number of qualified individuals with disabilities who pursue careers in the health professions through development and implementation of a recruitment program and University support services.
  • Supporting people with disabilities in becoming more vocal and active participants in their health care.
  • Conducting and disseminating research on community based health education, prevention and health care services for people with disabilities.

CDHP sponsors educational activities and curriculum development for health professionals serving people with disabilities. The Center also conducts applied research to develop continuing education programs for current health care providers. These activities are designed to improve patient care delivery through advocating basic changes in social and policy issues affecting the health of people with disabilities.

Our Goals

Key elements in the development of CDHP’s Mission and Goals:

  • Enhance the ability of Health Professionals to better provide support and care of people with disabilities
  • Educate Health Professionals to view their patients with disabilities as “people” with the same health and prevention needs as all their patients.
  • Educate Health Professionals to improve partnership with their patients with disabilities, and to focus on functional outcomes as opposed to simple remediation of medical diagnoses.
  • Recruit qualified persons with disabilities into the Health professions.
  • Educate people with disabilities about how to become Savvy Health Care Consumers who are prepared to advocate for their own health care and actively participate in strategies to improve the quality of relationships with their health care providers.
  • Educate Persons with disabilities about Health, Wellness, and prevention of secondary conditions.
  • Develop and conduct research designed to increase the independence of persons with disabilities through models, which increase “access” to community health care services.

CDHP sponsors educational activities and curriculum development for health professionals serving people with disabilities. The Center also conducts applied research to develop continuing education programs for current health care providers. These activities are designed to improve patient care delivery through advocating basic changes in social and policy issues affecting the health of people with disabilities.

Staff and Associates

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Contact Us

For answers to your questions regarding CDHP’s work or expertise, feel free to contact us at:
Phone (909) 469-5441 or Fax (909) 469-5503.