Learn-at-Lunch: Disability and Health Professions – A Conversation with Judy Heumann
This is an excellent opportunity for Judy to meet with students who are passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Offered to health professions students in medicine, dentistry, and nursing who belong to student affinity groups, including chronic illness and health equity groups. Audience participation will help guide the conversation, so come prepared to talk with Judy and explore your experiences, concerns, and how the healthcare workforce can be reshaped through policy and advocacy.
Judith Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of legislation, such as Section 504, the Individuals with Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Her memoir, “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist” co-authored by Kristen Joiner, was published in 2020. She is also featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Crip Camp : A Disability Revolution“, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham. Judy produces a podcast called “The Heumann Perspective“, which features a variety of members from the disability community.
Judy serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Humanity and Inclusion and Human Rights Watch. She has 20 years of nonprofit experience working with various disability organizations, including being a founding member of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living. Prior to starting the Judith Heumann LLC, she served in the Clinton and Obama administrations.
Cherisse Watts MSN, RN, PHN
Cherisse is a doctoral student in the School of Nursing at University of California Los Angeles, and a graduate of Wellesley College and Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Her research efforts are concentrated on advocating for medically underserved and low-income Black and Latinx families of children with developmental disabilities and ensuring that they have access to resources needed to achieve optimal health. Cherisse is also a Teaching Apprentice and Graduate Student Researcher, participating in IDD research with her advisor, Dr. Lauren Clark, Professor and Shapiro Family Endowed Chair for Developmental Disability Studies at UCLA.
Yuriko (Yuri) Matsuo, MSN, PMHNP-BC, ARPN
Yuri is a doctoral student in the School of Nursing at University of California Los Angeles, and a graduate of University of Pennsylvania. Her research efforts are concentrated on aging in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her advisor is Dr. Lauren Clark, Professor and Shapiro Family Endowed Chair for Developmental Disability Studies at UCLA.