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Protecting the Vulnerable: How Public Health Can Better Serve People With Disabilities

May 24, 2021

People living with disabilities have borne disproportionate burden in past emergency situations due to inequities in preparedness and response. To address and prevent inequities in the COVID-19 response, ASTHO placed 14 disability and preparedness specialists into health agencies around the country to promote inclusivity of people living with disabilities.

On today’s episode, we explore ways that two of these disability and preparedness specialists have worked to address the needs of people living with disabilities in their jurisdictions. Our experts share their drive for this work and what their states are doing to promote equity for people living with disabilities.

Show Notes


  • Sara Hart Weir, MS, Special Advisor, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
  • Kara Nett Hinkley, MPP; Special Advisor for COVID-19, Louisiana Department of Health
  • Joseph Kanter, MD, MPH, State Health Officer, Louisiana Department of Health