May 26 from 11 a.m.-Noon CT

  • Free


During these unprecedented times, social policies must prioritize equity and justice. In this webinar with Dr. Kara Ayers, director of the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities, participants will learn about the effects of COVID-19 on individuals with a disability, including implications of access and opportunity with the vaccine rollout. Join us in this conversation about supporting individuals with a disability in community plans to mitigate COVID-19 and helping all residents become resilient and better able to thrive in the future. 

About the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN)
This is the third of three webinars presented by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation(COA) in partnership with NCRN. With the critical goal of improving social determinants through health equity, this partnership will mobilize community-based organizations across the mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native communities that are disproportionately impacted through disseminating culturally and linguistically relevant resources to the hardest hit communities.

Webinars in this Series
The State of COVID-19 Disparities for Communities of Color
March 30 | View Recording

Understanding the History of Medical Mistrust in Communities of Color
April 21 from 11 a.m.-Noon CT 

About the Alliance and COA Health Equity Series
Everyone needs the building blocks for health and well-being in order to thrive, reach their full potential, and meaningfully contribute to society. The Alliance and COA are committed to health equity as a key strategy to increase the safety and well-being of individuals, families, and communities most impacted by inequality and racism. This is done by:

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April 30, 1-2 p.m. CT

What You'll Take Away

  • Factors that cause vaccine hesitancy in communities of color 
  • Opportunities for systemic change though policy making
  • Expectations for communities “after” the pandemic
  • How organizations can participate in local COVID-19 mitigation efforts 

Who Should Join

  • Executives
  • Program directors (particularly health and outreach programs)
  • Policy staff
  • Diversity and inclusion staff
  • General public 


Kara Ayers, PhD, is the associate director and an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD). She is director of the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities and a co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project.  

Dr. Ayers’ interests include disability identity/culture, bioethics, community inclusion, and the use of media to teach, empower, and reduce stigma. She was a recent expert advisor to the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Equity Taskforce and serves on multiple coalitions related to improving various outcomes for people with disabilities. Dr. Ayers infuses the mantra, “Nothing about us without us,” into all her scholarly and community-based pursuits.

Follow Kara Ayers’ work on Facebook @ucucedd and Twitter @drkaraayers @thinkequitable