“Disability Awareness: Promoting Advocacy and Competency in Behavioral and Physical Healthcare”

October 6, 2023

This conference is about learning the value of community and academic partnerships to forge learning and collaborative care opportunities that benefit our most vulnerable patients. Participants will learn ways that professionals can foster moving research and best practice ideas to their clinical work.  We will review the importance of learning about community resources, relevant advocates, and accommodations that are needed to meet the needs of people with mental health, physical, and sensory differences. 

 We are pleased to offer this educational activity with the support of UPMC, the community, and the university.

Target Audience

Students, advocates, mental health and physical health providers, payors, case managers, and stakeholders who are passionate about the care of people with disabilities. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize ways to translate research to practical applications, thus, improving healthcare outcomes.
  • Review system changes led by consumer and provider advocacy.
  • Discuss the role of present and future technology in accessibility and its opportunity to advance consultation and direct service provision.
  • Utilize future models of community/academic collaboration to promote disability awareness and education.
Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/06/2023 - 8:30am EDT
Event ends: 
10/06/2023 - 4:30pm EDT

Conference Agenda – October 6, 2023


8:15 to 8:30 a.m.                           Sign in to Zoom


8:30 to 9:00 a.m.                           Welcome, Introductions and Background

                                                         Kimberly K. Mathos, DO, MPH


9:00 to 10:00 a.m.                        Keynote

                                                          Training Disability Competent Healthcare Professional

                                                          Susan M. Havercamp, PhD


10:00 to 10:15 a.m.                      Break


10:15 to 11:45 a.m.                      Panel
System Change and Electronic Medical Record Notations

                                                          Moderator: Ashli Molinero, D.Sc.

Matt Berwick, MA, MS, Dave Bubbas, PHR, SHRM-CP


11:45 a.m.to 12:15 p.m.               Lunch


12:15 to 1:45 p.m.                         Panel

                                                          Clinical Educators and Researchers as Advocates

Moderator: Amy J. Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH

Thomas Pineo, DO, CPE, DFPHM, SFHM, Nev Jones, MA, MA, PhD


1:45 to 2:00 p.m.                           Break


2:00 to 2:40  p.m.                          Benefits & Opportunities of Telehealth for Patients with Disabilities

Carla Dehmer, MHA


2:40 to 2:50 p.m.                           Break


2:50 to 3:50 p.m.                           Advocacy

Tom Welschonce, Kristen Ornato, Rebecca Shafer Aglietti


3:50 to 4:30 p.m.                           Become a Change Maker with Your Community

Betty Y. Liu, MD, Rebecca Ann Kronk, PhD, MSN, CRNP, FAAN, CNE, ANEF, Kimberly Mathos, DO, MPH


             Closing remarks
Kimberly Mathos, DO, MPH

4:30 p.m.                                       Adjournment


All presentations are introductory to intermediate instructional levels.

For additional information regarding the speakers and/or presentations, contact Nancy Mundy at mundnl@upmc.edu.

United States

Kimberly Mathos, DO, MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Comprehensive Recovery Services

Services for Treatment of Early Psychosis (STEP Clinic)

UPP Psychiatric Services for People who are Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing

Pittsburgh, PA

Planning Committee (* indicates speaker)



Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Duquesne University School of Nursing


Betty Y. Liu, MD*

Associate Professor

Course Director, Disability Medicine Clerkship

Course Director, Area of Concentration Disability Medicine

Co-Director, Medical Student Education

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pittsburgh, PA


Ashli Molinero, D.Sc.*

Director, Disabilities Resource Center

UPMC Health System

Corporate Risk Management


Susan Rudisin, MEd, CRC, LPC

Supervisor, Comprehensive Recovery Services

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA


Ronnie Edwards MSW, LSW (she/her/hers)
Aging Educator 

UPMC Senior Services





Keynote Speaker

Susan M. Havercamp, PhD

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Research, Education, and Service



Matt Berwick, MA, MS

Senior Program Manager

Disability Accommodations for Clinical Services

UPMC Disabilities Resource Center


Dave Bubas, PHR, SHRM-CP

Senior Director

Center for Engagement and Inclusion



Carla Dehmer, MHA

Senior Director of Telemedicine & Digital Solutions



Amy J. Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH (she/her/hers)


Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Program Director

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

University of Pittsburgh


Nev Jones, MA, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work

University of Pittsburgh


Rebecca Ann Kronk, PhD, MSN, CRNP, FAAN, CNE, ANEF


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Duquesne University School of Nursing


Kristen B. Ornato, Esq., LSW

Senior Staff Attorney - Expansion Team



Thomas Pineo, DO, CPE, DFPHM, SFHM

Medical Director

UPMC Community Osteopathic


Rebecca Shafer Aglietti

Senior Child Advocacy Specialist

Independent Living Project Coordinator

Human Services Training Coordinator



Tom Welshonce

Supervisory Attorney


Continuing Education Credit Information

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Other Healthcare Professionals: Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.



 As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association.  University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Psychologists completing this course receive 6.25 continuing education credits.



Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This conference is approved for 6.25 hours.


(Pending) Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification:
 Conference has been approved for 6.25 hours in CE by CRCC


Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT:

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 6.0 continuing education credits.


Other Healthcare Professionals

Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded .625 Continuing Education Units (CEU's). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming .625 hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


  • Please retain your certificates in a safe place. Replacements cost $30 for those that come from our office (Gen. CEU; NCC).
  • Participants requesting continuing education credits must attend the entire day. Variable credits are not provided. Your attendance is recorded on the Zoom attendance list.
  • Although the evaluation is not mandatory, we appreciate your participation. Please expect the certificates from our office in four to six weeks post-conference. Those obtained from the registration site can be accessed immediately after the event.


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