An Effective Response to the Impact of Health Stigma Is Within Our Reach

We’re experiencing a renaissance of civil rights in this country. A woman has run for President of the United States on a major party ticket. People can marry whomever they choose. The country is caught up in a retelling of the story of our founding fathers – in a hip-hop musical written by a Latino and featuring a colorblind cast.

Major shifts indeed. And we plan to ignite yet another – for people of every age, gender, and life situation. For people who have difficulty walking, seeing, hearing, or comprehending the world around them, and millions more who cope with health conditions, seen and unseen, that redefine their life options. Disability and other health challenges have many causes – from accident, to disease, to genetic chance. The result is often a daily test of individual resolve and strength. But along with these solitary struggles, there is one common to all: stigma.Continue reading

Rick Rader, MD, Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award Recipient for 2013

Rick Rader, MD

Dr. Rick Rader accepting the Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award

Chicago, IL, May 11, 2013 –(– The Simon Foundation for Continence recently announced Rick Rader, MD, as the 2013 Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award recipient. Dr. Rader is the Director of the Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center at the Orange Grove Center (Chattanooga, TN), a nationally known community agency supporting the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Continue reading

The Foundation Recognizes SUNA with America’s First Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award

SUNA logoChicago, Ill., (September 7, 2004) —  The Simon Foundation for Continence is pleased to announce that the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) is the first recipient of the Foundation’s Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award. SUNA is a national, non-profit membership association with over 2,800 members. The Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award recognizes outstanding contributions to removing the stigma that surrounds a wide variety of health conditions.Continue reading