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Michelle Koplitz

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Speaker Bio: 

A 2008 graduate of RIT, Michelle Koplitz works for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services as a project officer for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program. Health-minded, Michelle earned her Master’s degree in Health Education and Health Communications, worked at the Society for Public Health Education, and is a certified yoga instructor and SCUBA diver. Michelle has served on the board of the Deaf in Government non-profit organization and currently lives in Washington, DC. 

Presentation Info

How Human Rights Can Influence Positive Change in Public Health

Monday, April 16, 2018
Presentation: 6-7 p.m.
Q and A: 7-7:30 p.m
CSD Student Development Center 1300/1310

Deafness has historically been viewed as something to diagnose and treat. It is this same medical model that has also largely left the health care sector untapped by the Deaf community as a possible career option. Michelle Koplitz knew at an early age that she wanted to work in the health care field, however it was her experience at RIT that helped her realize she wanted to work at the crossroads of health and deafness. She found this intersection in a public health career with the federal government. Now with emerging cognitive neuroscience research findings around language acquisition and an increased awareness of social justice, we come to an understanding that we are moving into a new framework of deafness that is rooted in human rights. We explore what this opportunity means and how Deaf Gain can be leveraged to influence positive changes in public health - and in society’s understanding of what it means to be human. 

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