August Ask the Expert Barbara Kornblau
Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA, DAAPM, ABDA, CDMS, CCM, CPE, served as the Dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies at the University of Michigan - Flint. She is formerly a Professor of Public Health and Occupational Therapy and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University, and a Past President of the American Occupational Therapy Association. As a recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship (2006-2007), she worked for Senators Harkin and Rockefeller on health and disability issues, and health care financing. She provided consultation in health and disability policy to Special Olympics.
As a self-advocate, she has served as the Health Reform Czar for the American Association of People with Disabilities and helped draft language for many aspects of the Affordable Care Act that pertained to people with disabilities. HHS Secretary appointed her to HRSA's Negotiated Rule-making Committee on Medically Underserved Populations and Health Professions Shortage Ares representing the disability community. She has lectured nationally and internationally about health policy, ethical and legal issues in health care, pain management, work rehabilitation, autism spectrum, mental health, participation, and quality of life. She has published over 150 publications, including books, book chapters, and journal articles.