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2023 Global Golisano Health Leadership Award Recipient: The Abu Dhabi Public Health Center

The Abu Dhabi Public Health Center (ADPHC) has forged a strong partnership with Special Olympics UAE, showcasing their commitment to addressing health barriers faced by people with intellectual disabilities. Through this collaboration, they have launched a nationwide initiative for early detection of chronic conditions and provided free access to regular health examinations for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The partnership has also led to the training of seven Clinical Directors and the provision of fitness equipment, educational materials and awareness workshops. Furthermore, ADPHC has supported a training program across the emirates called Unified Healthcare, that equips medical professionals and clinical administrative staff to deliver informed, compassionate and high-quality healthcare to patients with intellectual disabilities.