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Public Health Girl

My name is Elayne Otstot and I’m the face behind “Public Health Girl”. You may have seen some of my posts on social media platforms like Twitter, and I greatly enjoy calling it like it is while still educating others about current issues that those in the disability community face.

I’m aspiring disability advocate in the Dallas/Fort Worth area whose passionate about using multiple platforms and methods to educate people about disability access and inclusion; and health disparities affecting rural, disabled, and other vulnerable or marginalized communities.

Currently, I’m communications and member engagement coordinator for the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, and have previously worked as a production/executive assistant for the independent film “Invalid Corps” in charge of out reach, social media tool kits and pitch decks. Recently was given the privilege of participating in Lights, Camera, Access as an artist with a disability, and had my work featured in the National Disability Employment Awareness Month campaign with my good friend, Lydia X. Z. Brown.

I hold a graduate certificate in disability policy through Loyola Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Texas at Arlington. As an undergraduate student, I served for two years as the Office for Disability Services’ representative to the President’s Diversity Roundtable, and led a community health education project on HPV prevention. In my personal life, I’m owner of two Maine Coon rescue cats and an urban fantasy/sci-fi writer.

EDUCATION

The University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Science in Public Health 2019
Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School
The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation Fellowship 2020

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

  • Lights, Camera, Access 2020
    • Featured artist in production for NDEAM.
  • PCORI Co-Design Workshops
    • Understanding barriers and facilitators to 2020 – Present meaningful stakeholder participation in US mental health services research
  • Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, Health & Disability Partnership
  • Association on Higher Education and Disability
    • The National Center for College Students with Disabilities & DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring “From College to Employment” Webinar Panelist
  • UT Arlington Office for Students with Disabilities
    • Representative to Student Government
  • UT Arlington Short Horn Community Voices
    • Columnist (2018-2019)

CERTIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • American Bar Association, Midyear Meeting 2020
    • Defending Liberty and Pursuing Justice Summit: Working Together for Access, Equity and Inclusion
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Certifications 2018
    • National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction (IS-00700.a)
    • Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS 100) for Healthcare/Hospitals (IS-00100.hcb)
    • Applying ICS to Healthcare Organizations (ICS-200) for Health Care/Hospitals (IS-00200.hca)
    • An Introduction to Exercises (IS-00120.c)
    • Active Shooter (IS-00907)
    • Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone (IS-00909)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Texas Public Health Association
  • TASH: Equity, Inclusion, & Opportunity for People with Disabilities
  • Autism National Committee Board (AUTCOM)
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