Engaging People with Disabilities & Their Families: Strategies for Communication and Support

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Engaging People with Disabilities & Their Families: Strategies for Communication and Support

A self-paced Continuing Education course.

In this free, online course you can enhance your ability to support individuals with disabilities and their families in leading healthy, inclusive lives. You will review how to think critically about using culturally responsive communication to develop partnerships and provide support, and review key policies related to disabilities and the role of advocacy.

  • Free course
  • Fully online and self-paced
  • 1.5 credits*
Who is this for? 

Public health professionals including community health workers, doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and health educators.



*Continuing Education Contact Hours for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) for 1.5 hours, and Continuing Professional Education Units for Dietitians (CPEUs) for 1.5 contact hours for dietitians.

About the Project

This continuing education course was developed in collaboration between the Sonoran Center and the Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC). The goals of this collaboration are to:

  • Develop educational programs and professional development opportunities that improve the skills of public health workers to provide culturally and linguistically competent services and support for people with disabilities.  
  • Increase the competencies of the public health workforce to serve individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • Increase the numbers and retention of individuals who enter the public health workforce.  

The WRPHTC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team through November 2025. The WRPHTC is a Designated Multiple Event Provider of Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.



If you have any questions about this project, please contact:


Celina Urquidez, MPH

Education and Training Sr. Coordinator



Barbara Brent

Community Systems Change Liaison


This was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $113,670 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.