Baltimore, MD – Dr. Harolyn Belcher, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President at Kennedy Krieger Institute, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Public Service in Healthcare Award, which will be presented to her at Disability Rights Maryland’s (DRM) Breaking Barriers Virtual Awards Gala on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
The award honors members of the medical community who have made significant contributions in research and healthcare for people with disabilities. Throughout her noteworthy tenure at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Dr. Belcher designed and developed innovative ways to provide equitable healthcare to people with disabilities.
Since 2015, when Dr. Belcher joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) as associate director, she has provided groundbreaking research and solutions to complex healthcare challenges for people with disabilities. Working with and training a generation of health professionals, Dr. Belcher has been a trailblazer in revolutionizing the quality of healthcare delivery systems to children with disabilities.
In her tireless and fruitful efforts, Dr. Belcher has substantially advanced LEND’s goal to train interdisciplinary health professionals in all aspects of neurodevelopmental and related disabilities: social environments, cultural competency, social determinants of health, systems of care delivery, and more. This work continues to create healthcare environments that can provide necessary and life-changing care for people with disabilities.
Please join us at the 2021 Breaking Barriers Virtual Gala on Thursday, November 18, 2021, in honoring Dr. Belcher’s extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to the medical care of people with disabilities. Subscribe to our newsletter below to receive updates as the other awardees are announced, and to reserve tickets.
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