In this Issue...
Mailman Center Awarded Diversity Fellowship Training Grant
The Mailman Center for Child Development has been awarded a grant by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to support a one-year diversity fellowship. This diversity fellowship builds on our current work to address diversity more broadly by examining health disparities at the intersection of disability and minority status. The diversity fellow, Kari Knight, will work with UMMSM
Faculty Development and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to enhance the cultural competency curriculum for all Mailman Center trainees, UMMSM medical students, and JMH residents.
LEND Trainee Liaison, Lismerys Toledo, Reflects on AUCD's 2015 Conference
This year I was given the wonderful opportunity to attend the Association of University Centers on Disabilities' (AUCD
) 2015 conference in Washington, D,C. In order to attend, I was awarded the AUCD Trainee Travel Scholarship. Part of the scholarship entailed that I write a reflective article. The focus on policy change made a lasting impact. Their theme of the year was on "Growing Leaders, Driving Change" which was exemplified by their hands on presentation on creating change both at the local and federal level. As a social work trainee, I was inspired by the focus on expanding visibility of issues and needs of persons with disabilities in order to create systems level changes. It is not enough to make changes in our community but we most be driven to advocate at the federal level in order to reach full diversity, equity and inclusion. The conference emphasized the importance of growing leaders in the areas of practice and research. I was personally and professionally challenged to be more mindful of ways that I can impact change.
Shelly Baer Presents at AUCD Annual Conference
Shelly Baer, LCSW, Associate Director/Training and Coordinator of the Emerging Transformational Leadership Program, presented at the AUCD Annual conference in D.C. in November. Shelly also introduced her Bold Beauty Project and shared the pictures from the October show in DC.
Bold Beauty is women with disabilities redefining beauty through photography and narrative expression. See Shelly's TEDx video
The Mailman Center was awarded a grant from the Taft Foundation to increase family-centered clinical services to children in South Florida and beyond. The goal of the Family Navigator Project is to ensure that children and their families receive needed services by implementing a system of care, through in-person and online tools, that educates and connects families to needed services. This program will also further enhance the current UM quality improvement process to include measures of family-centered care, including identification of and connection to needed services.
Mailman Center Expands Family-Centered Clinical Services
Pediatric Mobile Clinic to Offer Mental Health Services
The Baxter International Foundation
has awarded UHealth’s Pediatric Mobile Clinic $85,000 to expand mental health services for its patients. With a mission to increase health care access for underserved communities, partnering with the Pediatric Mobile Clinic
made perfect sense for Baxter. “UHealth’s Pediatric Mobile Clinic reaches young patients who otherwise might not receive basic health care,” said Jorge Vasseur, President and Region Head of Baxter Latin America. “Increasing access to health, especially in disadvantaged and underserved communities, is at the core of Baxter International Foundation’s mission, so it´s an honor for us to support the expansion of the mobile clinic’s services to benefit the youth of Miami and their physical and mental well-being.” Read More