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  • Dr. Lesley Cottrell appointed director of WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Lesley Cottrell, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED).

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  • Center for Excellence in Disabilities to host director candidates

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    The Center for Excellence in Disabilities will be conducting interviews for its Director position.  Candidates will be on campus and will give presentations.

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  • Geriatrics Lunchtime Learning - "Yes, (West) Virginia: They Do Exist - Addressing the Unique Issues of Transgender Older Adults"

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    Yes, (West) Virginia: They Do Exist-Addressing the Unique Issues of Transgender Older Adults On the heels (pun intended) of the recent and very public “coming out” of 65 year old Caitlyn Jenner-as well as the recent expansion of Medicare Coverage to include health care and other related services for Transgender Persons, it is imperative that WV health care, social service and other related providers educate themselves regarding providing respectful and inclusive care to these individuals. A recent research study (Fredrickson-Goldman 2013) found that Transgender older adults were at significantly higher risk of poor physical health, disability, depressive symptomatology, and perceived stress compared with non-transgender participants. The study found significant indirect effects of gender identity on the health outcomes via fear of accessing health services, lack of physical activity, internalized stigma, victimization, and lack of social support, all of which are potentially preventable. In an earlier study (National Transgender Discrimination Survey 2011), nearly 20% of 6450 Transgender Adults reported being refused care outright by medical providers. All of these factors increase the feelings of invisibility and isolation experienced by Transgender Older Adults. This presentation will identify and address the unique issues faced by transgender older adults, particularly within the health care domain, and will also provide information and resources for providers ranging from adding simple, inclusive language to forms, marketing materials or policies and procedures, to the specific transition and non-transition related services now covered by Medicare toward the goal of enhancing access to health care for all persons.

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