Better Health by Health Education & Sustained Employment

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Date and time: Thursday, September 28, 2017 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Duration: 1 hour


The critical relationship between employment status and health is well established. Health education can enrich a Project SEARCH experience and increase the likelihood of sustained employment for Project SEARCH interns through better health. Join representatives from the Community Plan of Texas who will share how the Health Matters curriculum was implemented at their site. This session will encourage Project SEARCH on-site teams to understand the correlation between employment and health and wellness as well as best practices for implementing the health related curriculum.

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Question: Where are the Videos in the HealthMatters Curriculum in Lesson 8 Healthy Choices/Self-AdvocacyFreedom Equality & Justice for All” and Lesson 9 What do I think of me? Disability, Identity & Culture?” 


Other suggestions

  1. Self-advocacy video at a local library and found a local speaker with a disability. –
  2. Advocating for Change Together (ACT) is Minnesota’s leader in the self-advocacy movement
  3. Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) SABE’s Mission is to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that they are given the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, and chances to speak up to empower themselves; opportunities to make new friends, and to learn from their mistakes.
  4. Freedom Equality & Justice for All (DVD) This is a remarkable package of specific, concrete strategies for promoting and strengthening self-advocacy. Be a pioneer in promoting disability as an emerging civil right movement for persons with disabilities. Learn the rich history of self-advocates, disability rights activists, and the civil rights struggles. Viewers will have a stronger sense of empowerment and understand the importance of self-advocacy to their daily lives and futures. Narrated by Cheryl Marie Wade. This site also has other really nice videos discussing discrimination specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and, it’s a conversation that is often difficult to have.
  5. The other option is to see if anyone from the local independent living center could come as a guest speaker to talk about self-advocacy.
  6. Another idea if the video can’t be shown is to create some type of banner, poster, or something that the class can create together to show what self advocacy means to them,  how it pertains to their health, etc. This might be a project for throughout the class, and just not the first class.  I do like Beth’s idea of contacting someone from the local community independent living center and see if they would come speak.
  7. Illinois has the Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance, and the vision is “Our vision is for self-advocates to work together to get the support we need to live the life we want in the community.”  Different communities, counties, agencies have self advocacy groups in IL. Does your state have something similar in which you could have an established self advocacy group come in and speak.


  1. Jillian Hamblin, Chief Operating Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community and Plan of TX, Houston, TX. Jillian is the Chief Operating Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community & Plan of Texas. In her current role, Jillian oversees health plan operational excellence, reporting, project management, appeals and grievances, state complaints and fair hearings, and member advocacy. Prior to assuming this role in December 2015, Jillian focused on process documentation, creation and implementation of clinical training programs, employee engagement and quality management. Jillian received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Baylor University.
  2. Patti Moore, Upper Valley Career Center Project SEARCH Coordinator of Upper Valley Medical Center, Sidney, OH. Patti coordinates a partnership between the Upper Valley Career Center, Upper Valley Medical Center, Koester Pavilion, Miami and Shelby County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, Capabilities Inc., and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Currently in its eighth year locally, Upper Valley Project SEARCH is a high school transition program designed to provide training and education in a business setting, with the goal of competitive, community employment. This is Patti’s 25th year working in special education, 14th year as a Career Tech Special Needs Transition Coordinator, and 8th year as a Coordinator in Project SEARCH.
  3. Alexandra Needler, Project SEARCH Business Liaison, UnitedHealthcare, Houston, TX. Alexandra serves as the Project SEARCH Business Liaison while assisting UnitedHealthcare members in seeking and obtaining employment. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Alexandra was a Special Education Teacher for nine years in Fort Bend ISD. For the last five years with FBISD, Alexandra was a Vocational Adjustment Coordinator and Transition Specialist and focused on assisting transition age students and their families to plan and prepare for postsecondary employment.
  4. Jessica Treybig, Fort Bend ISD Project SEARCH Instructor, UnitedHealthcare, Fort Bend, TX. Jessica is a Project SEARCH Teacher at UnitedHealthcare and is an Adult Transition Teacher with Fort Bend ISD and has been teaching in Fort Bend ISD for 3 years. Prior to joining Fort Bend ISD, she taught students with disabilities in the Austin area and assisted in developing a robust community based work program. Prior to teaching, she worked with adults with severe disabilities through a nationally recognized long term support provider. Jessica is a graduate of Texas State University.


These webinars are hosted by the HealthMatters ProgramTM in partnership with Project SEARCH® and funded by The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD). The RRTCDD is funded through United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Grant # 90RT5020-01-00 and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Grant # 17CH03FA19.

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