Project ECHO: Promoting Cancer Screenings for Adults with Disabilities

Addressing Barriers to Healthcare & Cancer Prevention Screenings for Adults with Developmental and/or Intellectual Disabilities

ECHO logoRutgers Cancer Institute, ScreenNJ and the North Jersey Health Collaborative are excited to offer a free eight-part educational series on how to address barriers to health care and how to promote cancer prevention screenings among adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

The series is open to anyone interested in joining the conversation! The series will follow the Project ECHO model of learning where community providers and specialists come together to share knowledge, present case studies and exchange resources to establish best practices to deliver the right care at the right time in the right place to those that we serve.

Each Zoom session will run for 60 minutes. You can choose to attend one or all of the Project ECHO educational sessions. To register, please visit:


Join as many sessions as you would like! Sessions will run virtually from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Simply register and log on to participate in the conversation.

Week 1: 9/14/2021 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Topic: Mainstreaming Medical Care
Speaker: Beverly Roberts, Director of Mainstreaming Medical Care - The Arc of NJ

Week 2: 9/21/2021 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Topic: Managing Co-Morbid Health Implications for People with Disabilities & Their Caregivers
Speakers: Liza Gundell, CEO Adeola Sonaike, PhD, Exec. VP of Health & Innovation

Week 3: 9/28/2021 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Topic: Coordination of Complex Care
Speaker: Catherine Thompson, Advanced Practice Nurse, Atlantic Health System

Week 4: 10/5/2021 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Topic: Barriers to Health Care & Colorectal Cancer Screenings from a Residential Program & Nursing Perspective
Speakers: Anne Williams, RN, Katie Swanson, RN, SCARC & Moriya Eisenberger, RN

Week 5: 10/12/2021 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Topic: Health, Wellness & Cancer Prevention in Residential and Community-Based Programs
Speaker: Laura O'Reilly- Stanzilis, RN, MSM, North Jersey Health Collaborative

Week 6: 10/19/2021 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Topic: Childhood Health Care Trauma & Transitioning to Adult Health Care
Speaker: Jocelyn Berrios, MSW, LSW - Children's Specialized Hospital

Week 7: 10/26/2021 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Topic: Patient Privacy & Confidentiality
Speaker: Alica Mirra, PhD, Atlantic Health

Week 8: 11/2/2021 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Topic: Health Care Policy and People with Developmental Disabilities: We All Need To Be Advocates
Speaker: Deborah Spitalnik, PhD, Boggs Center for Developmental Disabilities