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New Webinar: Designing for Inclusive Health (March 30, 2017)

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Webinar Title: Designing for Inclusive Health

Webinar Date/Time: March 30, 2017 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific

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About the Webinar

America Walks and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) – Lakeshore Foundation are excited to announce a new micro-grant program. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to supporting disability inclusion strategies that make healthier choices the easier choices for all people in areas where they may live, learn, work, play, pray, and receive care.

The program purpose is to accelerate disability inclusion programmatic, policy, systems, and environmental (PPSE) improvements that increase access and opportunities for walking and walkable communities—with a principal focus on disability inclusion and accessibility. Join us for a “Designing for Inclusive Health” webinar on March 30th at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific to learn more about this exciting opportunity and hear from communities hard at work to make sure every community member has access to healthy choices.

Attendees will:

  • Hear about the background and significance of health disparities as related to people with disability
  • Learn about resources and tools to create healthy, inclusive communities
  • Explore community projects that are working with disability inclusion strategies
  • Get information about the Designing for Inclusive Health Micro-Grant program
About the Presenters

Sandi Brundage Head ShotSandi Brundage has worked to improve population health since the City of Salamanca was awarded the ACHIEVE grant in 2008.   Born and raised in Western New York, Sandi has been employed in Health Care as a Medical Social Worker, worked as a Multi Systemic Therapist, a Wrap Around Services Director, Director at Everywoman Opportunity Center, and presently with the City of Salamanca as Youth Bureau Director for the past 14 years. She has been a part of the HOPE grant, CCL grant, SCALE Community Champion, and now the NACDD Reaching People with Disabilities Grant.

Sandi earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Edinboro University in 1984, her Master of Science degree in Education from St. Bonaventure University in 1988, and her Master of Science Degree in Public Health from Walden University in 2012.

Drent, AngelaAngela Drent, a Health Planner at Siouxland District Health Department since April 2006, strives to improve physical activity and healthy nutrition opportunities in Woodbury County, Iowa. She has a Master of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.


dkimmel2016Dawn Kimmel, Regional Planner with SIMPCO, served in the capacity of Mobility Manager through 2016 with a primary focus of addressing transportation barriers. By way of a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management, regulatory compliance has provided the foundation for promotion of accessibility for pedestrians, those using personal mobility devices and the non-driving population at large. SIMPCO serves five Iowa counties and one county in each Nebraska and South Dakota.

Deb Nichols Head ShotDeb Nichols Raised in a small town in rural western New York, Nichols branched out into the college world of Oxford, Ohio, attending Miami of Ohio University in 1973 on one of the first Title IX scholarships for women, playing college basketball and majoring in Pre Med. By her senior year there, she had had the opportunity to work with teen youth and the teaching/ coaching/ counseling bug had bitten. Graduating from Miami in December of 1977 with her Pre Med requirements met and a Health Ed teaching certificate in hand, Nichols was immediately hired to fill a vacancy in the Lakota School District, located just north of Cincinnati. Time spent there was filled with teaching and counseling, with coaching, and with becoming nationally certified as Athletic Trainer for the men’s varsity teams.

In 1991, Nichols took an early retirement from teaching and moved back to Cattaraugus. In 1993, Nichols began her career as Public Health Educator for the Cattaraugus County Health Dept, a position she has held since. Her additional duties include: Public Information Officer, ACHIEVE Salamanca Coach, Healthy Livable Communities Consortium Co-chair, Community Transformation Grant (CTG) for Healthy Communities Lead Coach, Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE) Consortium Co-Lead, NACDD Coach , grant writer, member of multiple chronic disease partnerships, and current Board Member for the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau and for WNY AIDS & STDs Network/ EtE (End the Epidemic).

Nichols has been honored by peers: Woman of Distinction 2005, Outstanding Volunteer Awards in 1998 and 2003, ACT for Youth Distinction Award 2005, WNY Tobacco Free Outstanding Advocate 2007 and 2008, NY Partnership for Women and Families Advocate 2008, NYS DOH Public Health Honor Roll Award 2008, Salamanca Applauds Hand in Hand Award 2009, AIDS Network Red Ribbon Award 2009, and NYSARH Rural Health Award 2015, on behalf of the County Consortium. Nichols has been privileged to speak at national conferences and on national webinars on behalf of Cattaraugus County “bright spots”.

In her free time, Nichols volunteers for Annual Relay for Life committees, has care of her adult disabled brother, and advocates for her special friends, the developmentally disabled.

headshot_updatedAllison Hoit Tubbs, MS, ACSM EP-C, is a certified exercise physiologist and Project Coordinator of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD).  Her work is focused on building healthy, inclusive communities where all people have equal access and opportunities for healthy living.  She holds a BS in Exercise Science from Auburn University as well as MS in Community Health Education with emphasis in Worksite Wellness from the University of West Florida.  Ms. Tubbs has applied exercise science and community health education experience in the areas of industrial rehabilitation, health promotion, wellness coaching, health communication, and physical activity programming for people with disability across the lifespan.  Ms. Tubbs has developed and implemented public health advocacy campaigns including, Commit to Inclusion, in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition and How I Walk, in support of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities.  Additionally, she coordinates the Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC), a formal partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine, which consists of over 220 organizations and 900 individuals.  Ms. Tubbs has been published in MediaplanetUSA distributed through USA Today, the ACSM’s  Fit Society® Page, and Sports ‘N Spokes magazineShe is also a regular contributor to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service’s Be Active Your Way Blog.