Thursday, Nov. 12

6 to 7 PM, online via Zoom

6 pm CT

Welcome and alumni awards presentation

6:30 pm CT

Breakout sessions



Register on or before Nov. 10

Breakout sessions

Being Closer with Social Distancing presented by Deborah Davey

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges – but telehealth has presented new opportunities for health care providers to connect with patients. Deb Davey will share insights from her recent telehealth experiences for establishing strong relationships with patients and  grow closer with distance.


Disability Culture Artists: Finding Beauty and
Sharing Wisdom in the Time of Corona presented by Carrie Sandahl

Participate in a guided tour through a curated collection of short video clips and images from disabled dancers, poets, performers, musicians, comics and visual artists who draw from their lived experience to create connections and community through creativity during extended periods of physical distancing, whether self-chosen or externally imposed. Participants will have the opportunity to share their responses and engage in conversation.


Understanding a Crisis within a Crisis: Food Insecurity, COVID and
the Growing Need for Food Assistance in Chicago
presented by Angela Odoms-Young

Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 37 million people, including more than 11 million children, lived in a food insecure household. Locally, The Greater Chicago Food Depository indicates that since March they have seen a 120% increase in the number of people seeking food assistance. This session will provide a brief overview of the work being conducted by our research group, the Nutrition, Obesity and Health Equity Research Lab, to understand the impact of the COVID crisis on food insecurity and how local community-based organizations have launched a response.

2020 AHS Alumni Honorees

Grace Baranek
’81 BS OT

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Associate Dean and Chair, Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California

Samantha Bond

Loyalty Award

Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

Laura Mraz
’10 MS OT, ’11 OTD

New Alum Award

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Eyas Landing, Inc. and Blue Bird Day, LLC.

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