Project Intersect Conference Page

Health Disparities Research  
at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Disability:
A National Conference

April 25 & 26, 2013
Washington, DC

Image of a man and a woman smiling. Both the man and the woman are of minority ethnicities, although specific ethnicities are not obvious.


The conference brought together researchers, advocates, and policy makers in racial and ethnic disparities and disability-related disparities to:

  • Learn about barriers to health care and health promotion for people with disabilities in underserved racial and ethnic groups
  • Share their work on health disparities at this intersection
  • Discuss priorities for future research and action



The conference was part of Project Intersect: Addressing Health Disparities at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Disability.  Project Intersect was based in the Institute on Development & Disability at Oregon Health & Science University.  Project partners included:     

  • Project Intersect Advisory Council – A national group of adults with disabilities and family members of adults with disabilities who are members of underserved racial and ethnic groups       
  • The National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University   
  • The Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois – Chicago
  • USC UCEDD, University California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles  
  • The Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi 
  • Jana Peterson-Besse, MPH, PhD – Dr. Peterson-Besse is a researcher and teacher in public health, disability, health disparities, and social determinants of health
  • American Association on Health and Disability


  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Special Hope Foundation