The Program for Healthcare Justice is home to a variety of federally funded research studies that seek to understand and address health, healthcare, and participation disparities among people with disabilities.

All of our research projects are conducted and co-led by members of the disability community.

Current Projects

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Our Peers – Empowerment and Navigational Support (OP-ENS)

This community-based participatory research study will develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness and acceptability of a new peer health navigator intervention for people with physical disabilities called Our Peers – Empowerment and Navigational Support (OP-ENS).

We are currently recruiting participants for OP-ENS! Please click the button below to find more information on how to join the study.

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Illinois Leaders on Empowerment and Advocacy for People with Disabilities on Healthcare (ILL L.E.A.D. on Healthcare)

This project is a partnership between the Program for Healthcare Justice for People with Disabilities and Access Living’s Health Policy Health to help build the next generation of people with disabilities who are ready to take community leadership roles in research related to healthcare justice for people with disabilities in Illinois.

In Illinois, women with disabilities are 22% less likely than to get a mammogram than women without disabilities. You have the right to speak up, you are screen-able.


Through this project, we plan to develop a mobile health (mHealth) app to provide peer to peer support for people with pre-existing disabilities diagnosed with cancer with other peers with disabilities and cancer.

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Negotiating the Healthcare System as a Person with a Disability: A Peer-OT Led Intervention

This study developed, implemented, and evaluated an occupational therapist (OT) and peer led intervention to build Medicaid enrollees with physical disabilities’ capacity to negotiate the healthcare system. This project was funded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.


ScreenABLE Saturday

For the past three years, we have celebrated the well-being of women with disabilities through an interactive health fair! Every year at ScreenABLE Saturday, there are free, accessible mammograms for women with disabilities as well informative and fun workshops and booths. 

Past Projects

People with Disabilities Speak Out on Healthcare Disparities

This study described the primary healthcare experiences of Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities and established local priorities for policy advocacy, research, and intervention sing a community-based participatory research approach. This project was funded by the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities.

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