Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others Part 1: What to Wear at Work and Why

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Date and time: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:00 pm CDT
Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes
Handouts: PowerPoint Presentation; Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others RESOURCES

Overview: This presentation will present survey results regarding health care needs in community based organizations. Hygiene, PPE, and social distancing best practices for low-moderate protection and PPE sequencing will be discussed. Contact exposures and risks for people with IDD, along with droplet and airborne precautions, n95 masks, surgical masks, and DIY face coverings will be reviewed.

Presenters: Melissa L. Desroches, PhD, RN is a registered nurse and post-doctoral research fellow at Tufts University. Melissa is a developmental disabilities nursing researcher and educator and a former critical care and perioperative nurse. The mission of her program of research is to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of adults with developmental disabilities by improving developmental disability nursing care. Dr. Desroches earned her PhD in nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Certificate in Disability and Health Policy from Suffolk University in Boston in conjunction with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. She is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association and the founding chair of its Research Council.


COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago with continued partnership with Project SEARCH, a leader in securing competitive employment for people with disabilities based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and with Aspire an Illinois organization providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities.


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  • CEUs are not offered for these webinars.
  • Webinars and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
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