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Documenting Disparities in Obesity and Disability

Presented by James Rimmer, PhD, Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Margaret Campbell, PhD, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education on December 3, 2009

About the Webcast

This webcast is the first of a two-part series on disparities research focusing on the disparities in obesity experienced by people with disabilities, potential consequences of those disparities, and efforts to include disability as a diversity and equity factor in federal and community health-promotion programs. Part 2 will focus on strategies for addressing these disparities and improving the quality and visibility of disparity and inequities research.

About the Presenters

Photo of James Rimmer, PhDJames Rimmer, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development, Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Professor in the in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is Director of two federally funded Centers, the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Exercise Physiology and Recreational Technologies for Persons with Disabilities (funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Dr. Rimmer's research has focused on the effects of physical activity on reduction of secondary conditions, including obesity and deconditioning, in adults and youth with physical and cognitive disabilities. He is principal investigator of a 5-year NIH clinical trial examining the impact of the built environment on obesity in people with mobility disabilities. He currently directs a staff of 52 full- and part-time employees in the Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities (

Photo of Margaret Campbell, PhDMargaret Campbell, PhD, is a Senior Scientist for Planning and Policy Support with the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, her primary responsibilities involve serving as a program officer and providing scientific direction for strategic planning and priority development, particularly in the areas of aging with disability, technologies for successful aging, health disparities, and research capacity-building. Dr. Campbell also serves as a representative from the Department of Education to the: Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW) for National Health Objectives related to Healthy People 2020, chaired by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Other responsibilities at NIDRR include serving as the program coordinator for the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program, which funds institutions of high education to conduct multidisciplinary post-doctoral research in rehabilitation and disability. Prior to joining NIDRR, she served for eight years as the Research Director for the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Disability at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, CA.

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This webcast is supported through the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR), which is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education, and is supported in part by ILRU. The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenters and no endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.

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