Webinar: Housing Justice & Ageism During COVID-19
Wednesday, July 8 from 2pm to 4pm (PDT – AZ)
This is the second webinar in the 2020 Partners in Preparedness Summit Series: Disability Justice During Crisis.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread throughout our communities, it has laid bare multiple layers of danger and vulnerability for those with disabilities and chronic illnesses. In many cases, the move toward social distancing became widespread social isolation for those in densely packed environments, like nursing homes and group homes. In response to soaring infection rates and skyrocketing numbers of patients battling serious illness, emergency procedures in some states uncovered responses that would severely disadvantage or bar people with certain disabilities from ventilator access. A bias toward ableism, revealed through the sputtering 50-state response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, has illuminated moral dilemmas on both a micro and macro scale as healthcare providers, legislators, and public health experts grapple with the medical ethics of ventilator scarcity in the face of growing numbers of severely ill patients. In some communities, elder patients with severe intellectual disabilities, chronic illnesses, and dementia are underserved or undervalued as frontline professionals and policy makers sidestep Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 guidelines. Over the course of this two-hour session, listen as our panelists discuss housing access, ageism, and independent living in the era of COVID-19.
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Welcome and Housekeeping with Andrew Pulrang
Learn more about Andrew Pulrang.
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Opening Remarks with Moderator Noah Patton
Policy Analyst for the National Low Income Housing Coalition
Learn more about Noah Patton.
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine
Medical Director for Disease Control at Maricopa County Health Department
Learn more about Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine.
Executive Director for the Claude Pepper Foundation Inc. at Florida State University
Learn more about Larry Polivka.
CEO of the Arizona Health Care Association
Learn more about David Voepel.
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing Remarks with Moderator Todd Holloway
Independent Living Educator for the Center for Independence in Lakewood
Learn more about Todd Holloway.