ADA National Network Webinar Series:
Health Care and the ADA-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
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Schedule 2019-20

This webinar series intends to provide information and examples of healthcare provision which includes people with disabilities by following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

These 90 minute webinars are brought to you by the Pacific ADA Center on behalf of the ADA National Network. All sessions will be captioned, recorded and archived.This program is delivered via both webinar platform and via telephone (additional charges may apply). Real-time captioning is available via the webinar platform...

Webinars begin at ET: 2.30pm, CT: 1.30pm, MT:12.30pm, PT:11.30am, Hawaii: 9.30am during mainland Standard Time; 8.30am during mainland Daylight Savings Time

ADA National Network Learning Session: US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforcing Disability Rights Authorities

27th August, 2020

Registration for this webinar is not yet open.

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex. This seminar will focus on OCR's role in enforcing those laws that protect the rights of those with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in a program activity and to have equal access to health care services. The laws that will be addressed include Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Topics will include scope of OCR's jurisdiction and enforcement role, when to consider filing a complaint with OCR, who are covered entities, OCR's complaint process, and recent resolution agreements.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain understanding of OCR's role in enforcement of federal non-discrimination laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities
  • Gain understanding of the complaint process, types of complaints OCR addresses, and complaint resolution options
  • Become knowledgeable of current trends in enforcement such as effective communication, protections for those recovering from opioid addiction, and discrimination against individuals with HIV and AIDS


The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is charged with overseeing compliance by health care providers and certain other public entities with federal non-discrimination laws.

Alisha Welch, JD serves as the Civil Rights, Supervisory Equal Opportunity Specialist at OCR.

Deborah Kolodner, JDis an Investigator (Contractor) at OCR.

ADA National Network Learning Session: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Efforts to Increase Health Care Access and Quality of Care for People with Disabilities

24th September, 2020

During the year of the 30th anniversary of the ADA, it is a time to reflect on the state of various rights and access for people with disabilities. Work on improving health care access and quality is particularly important because although great strides have been made, there is much progress to be made. This webinar features speakers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) who will identify the efforts being made in CMS' Office of Minority Health and Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office to provide information and resources to medical organizations, providers and consumers to increase health care access and quality of care for people with disabilities.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the role of the Office of Minority Health and Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office within CMS and their work in health equity for people with disabilities.
  • Identify several resources for health care organizations, providers and consumers that provide information on health care access and quality for people with disabilities.
  • Explain the Disability Competent Care Model and how health care organizations and providers can use it to improve health care quality for people with disabilities.


Karen Gentile is a Public Health Analyst in CMS Office of Minority Health. She is a licensed clinical social worker and attorney with over 25 years of professional experience. Prior to CMS, she worked as a Public Health Advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the Center for Mental Health Services. Prior to SAMHSA, she worked for 10 years as the Director of Education and Clinical Services in the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office of the U.S. Naval Academy. She has also held direct care, advocacy and legal positions in the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, the Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center, the Anne Arundel County Sexual Assault Crisis Center, the Homeless Persons Representation Project, and the Juvenile Division of the Baltimore City Public Defender's Office.

Sonya Karpiak Bowen is a public health professional with 25 years of experience working in Medicare and Medicaid quality improvement, performance measurement, and program policy and operations at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Within CMS's Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, Bowen currently manages state demonstrations in Ohio and Illinois under the Financial Alignment Initiative to improve integration and quality of care, reduce cost, and coordinate benefits between Medicare and Medicaid for people who are dually enrolled in both programs. She also co-leads program planning and administration of the Resources for Integrated Care, which provides technical assistance, education and practical tools to health care providers, managed care plans and organizations working to integrate care for dually enrolled beneficiaries.