Health Matters Now More than Ever: The Triple Burden of Disease for People with IDD

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Date and time: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 pm Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)

Duration: 1 hour

Overview: As an often underserved population, health promotion is even more imperative for people with IDD when living in turbulent communities during a pandemic. This presentation will provide an overview on issues related to improving health care and health outcomes for people with IDD. The impact of health promotion and primary health care services as funded services for people with IDD will be discussed. Strategies to include people with IDD within public health systems to address determinants of their health, such as, supportive environment, access to information, life skills and opportunities for making healthy choices) will be reviewed to mitigate communicable and non-communicable diseases and other threats.

Presenter: Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH is the Co-Director of the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests consist of nutrition, health literacy, and health promotion for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She coordinates several health promotion projects and has written publications and presented papers in the area of disability, health, and nutrition. Jasmina has co-authored two books entitled Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities and Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program.

Presenter: Jennifer Eastman, MBA, is the Director of Community Living Policy at the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the only cabinet-level department in the country that coordinates cross-disability policy across state government. Her work focuses on developing programs and policies aimed at empowering people with disabilities to self-direct their services and supports and to live meaningfully within their communities. She has partnered with the University of IL at Chicago to recruit community-based organizations in Maryland that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to implement the HealthMatters! Program. She also collaborates with Maryland’s Department of Health to increase access and inclusion for people with disabilities in the state’s chronic disease and health promotion programs funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jennifer’s expertise is in state and federal disability, aging, and healthcare policy and its impact on service structures and systems and vulnerable populations.


COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago with continued partnership with Project SEARCH, a leader in securing competitive employment for people with disabilities based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and with Aspire an Illinois organization providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities.


  • There is no cost for these webinars.
  • CEUs are not offered for these webinars.
  • Webinars and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
  • For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak ( at least 10 days before the webinars.
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