Health Care: Career Trends, Best Practices & Call-To-Action Summit - IL

Chicago, Illinois

ODEP sponsored the "Health Care: Career Trends, Best Practices & Call-To-Action Summit" at Access Living in Chicago on Tuesday, May 17. It was an opportunity for Secretary Solis and ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez to build strategic alliances and sustainable partnerships with industry leaders in order to achieve more widespread adoption and implementation of initiatives for employing people with disabilities. "We want to encourage the health care industry to include individuals with disabilities in educational and training programs," said Solis. "They can be capable and caring health care providers."

Secretary_Solis Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Kathleen Martinez convened this Summit to further the Department’s goal of increasing employment and career advancement opportunities of workers and professionals with disabilities. The Summit aimed to raise national awareness and educate professionals associated with the healthcare industry, in both clinical and non-clinical settings, to accept qualified people with disabilities into educational and training programs that will prepare them for careers in health care.

NOND Director, Karen McCulloh served as a planning consultant with ODEP on this event and three NOND Directors, Bronwynne Evans, Rosemary Ciatti, and Beth Marks presented at the event. The film produced by Drs. Evans and Marks entitled Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities was featured.

Photo Gallery: Sec. Solis, ODEP in Chicago