Dr. Alicia Bazzano

Athlete receiving a blood pressure test while two others stand/sit beside her.
The American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) recently invited Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Special Olympics Chief Health Officer, to keynote a webinar titled COVID-19 and People with ID: Special Olympics Responds.
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Dental exam at Healthy Athletes screening during the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Why Inclusive Health Matters More Than Ever
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Over the years, Special Olympics has provided over 2 million free health screenings (in the areas of vision, hearing, dental, etc.) in over 135 countries and trained nearly 280,000 health care professionals on the topic of people with ID.
“At Special Olympics, when we can’t be in our competitions and our events, we still are everyday connecting with our athletes to make sure they aren’t socially isolated,” said Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics during an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.
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Athletes performing squats in a gym setting.
Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics, was recently a guest on Health Professional Radio where she discussed the resources available on the Special Olympics website to help athletes and caregivers manage the uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dental exam at Healthy Athletes screening during the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Attentive dental care is essential to an athlete’s overall health and well-being says Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Special Olympics Chief Health Officer, in a recent article she wrote for Dentistry Today. In it, she addressed how gaps in preventive care often lead to serious health issues for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
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Becky Lynch and Dylan Landon in the ring standing next to a chalk board that reads: School of Strength.
The mere mention of the word “bootcamp” can strike fear in the hearts of many. Yet for others, it conjures up the idea of strength, which is exactly what inclusive bootcamp instructor Beth Donahue builds with her class and her community.
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Dr. Alicia Bazzano speaking from her home.
Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics, was recently interviewed on QuickTake by Bloomberg, a global network delivering breaking news and trends. On it, she discussed why people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are more vulnerable to COVID-19 complications and why maintaining proper hygiene and finding ways to remain active indoors is so important.
Alicia Bazzano
Dr. Alicia Bazzano Calls for Urgent Need for Training for Health Care Professionals and Access to Quality Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities
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Dr. Perlman observing a tech performing an exam on an athlete as an observers watches the process.
Despite severe need and higher health risks, people with intellectual disabilities lack equitable access to health services and die, on average, 16 years earlier than the general population.
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Athlete from Nigeria receiving an eye exam as observers look on.
During the last weekend of October 2019, Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics and Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Special Olympics Chief Health Officer joined Torin Ellis, host of Career Mix on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel.
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