- Eric Lauer, Megan Henley, and Deb Brucker wrote a paper for the Disability and Health Journal that compared the rates of prescription opioid use, misuse, use disorder, and receipt of prescription opioid treatment between people with and without disabilities. .
- In November, Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., a Clinical Associate Professor at the Institute on Disability presented at the 2018 Gerontech and Innovation Expo Summit (GIES) in Hong Kong. She presented during the third plenary session, Use of Technologies to Enhance the Quality of Living of People with Disabilities, along with experts from Hong Kong, Australia, and Japan.
The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has been awarded a $350,000 grant by the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Fund to establish the Annie Forts Up Syndrome Leadership Training Fund. It will benefit the New Hampshire Leadership Series and is intended to be distributed over the next ten to fifteen years for programmatic and scholarship support.
In partnership with AARP NH and the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL) wrapped up the 2018 Senior Leadership Series on November 9, 2018. The Series is an educational program that provides support and training in advocacy and leadership skills for community members in New Hampshire. The program includes five full-day sessions where participants learn about topics such as community organizing, leadership development, and best practices in older adult advocacy issues.
Jonathon Drake, who was a staff member at the Institute on Disability for over 12 years, died suddenly in May of 2018. Jonathon worked tirelessly on behalf of youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. To keep the spirit of his work alive and in honor of his work, Jonathon’s family and friends have launched the Jonathon Drake Memorial Fund.
Ann Dillon, one of the driving forces of the NH Leadership Series and part of its inaugural class, retired at the end of January.
The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the John Vance ACCESS Fund, a donor-advised fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, to support the implementation of the UNH-4U program, a new initiative providing an inclusive college experience to students with intellectual disabilities. The IOD is currently seeking an additional $150,000 in matching contributions necessary to begin the admissions process for students.
Stephen Meister, MD, MHSA spoke to the LEND faculty and trainees on child traumatic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences. Dr. Meister is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician on the Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Program team at the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center at Maine General Medical Center. The Pediatric Rapid Evaluation Team is devoted to meeting the medical and psychological needs of children in foster care and children are seen only upon referral by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Dr.
Following Hibo Omer’s presentation, the LEND faculty and trainees participated in a card game. Working in teams of four, each team was given a set of instructions for how to play the game.
Last month we introduced you to Hibo Omer, MPH of the New Mainers Public Health Initiative. This month, Ms.