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

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Chicago, IL, May 11, 2013 --(PR.com)-- 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.

Rader was presented the Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award at a Black Tie Gala April 12th in
Chicago. The Gala marked the conclusion of a year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the
founding of The Simon Foundation for Continence in 1982. This event attracted an international audience
of guests, including participants from Japan, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, England,
Sweden, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Israel along with individuals from throughout the USA.

“Our organization was delighted to surprise and honor Dr. Rader for his tremendous efforts to reduce
stigma in healthcare with the 2013 Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award. Stigma negatively impacts the
quality of life of individuals with conditions such as cancer, AIDS, and incontinence; conditions that
sadly yet today, cause so many to fear being marginalized by society. It is impossible to overestimate the
impact of stigma,” stated Cheryle Gartley, President and Founder of The Simon Foundation for
Continence.

Dr. Rader trained as an internist and is a medical futurist, responsible for the creation of innovative
healthcare programs addressing the challenges of aging in the marginalized population he serves. He
lectures frequently on stigma and its impact on healthcare access for compromised and underserved
patient populations. Dr. Rader's outreach includes: Editor-in-Chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine; over
300 articles published in the arena of disabilities; past president of the American Academy of
Developmental Medicine and Dentistry; consultant to four Surgeon Generals; adjunct Professor of
Human Development at the University of Tennessee; an appointment to the National Academy of
Practice in Medicine as a Distinguished Practitioner; Founding President of the American Association on
Multi-Sensory Environments; Emeritus Advisor to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the
US Department of Health & Human Services in the area of Healthcare Innovation; and co-founder of
Label Me Not, an organization working to defeat stigma.

In accepting the Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award, Dr. Rader, who began his career as a medical
anthropologist, told the audience that the stigma he observed as an anthropologist led him to his career in
medicine. Stated Rader: “According to Goffman, [sociologist] stigma spoils an individual's identity; and
in doing so it also robs him/her of their visibility. It is this rendering of a person's invisibility that
relegates them to injustice and often removes them from mainstream healthcare. The medical, nursing and
therapy community is often the worst offenders. This award from the Simon Foundation is greatly
appreciated and is deserved by all of us in the daily throes of supporting and protecting vulnerable
individuals. It serves to inspire me to work harder, work longer and work smarter along with my
colleagues in the defeat of misguided healthcare stigma.”

About The Simon Foundation for Continence


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The Simon Foundation for Continence (www.simonfoundation.org), located in Chicago, Illinois. USA, is
a 501(c) (3) corporation whose mission is: to bring the topic of incontinence into the open; remove the
stigma associated with incontinence; and provide help and hope to individuals with incontinence, their
families, and the professionals who provide their care. The Simon Foundation for Continence is the
world's oldest patient-led organization devoted exclusively to incontinence, having been founded in 1982.
The Foundation's mission is supported by an Advisory Board of professionals, many of whom have
dedicated their careers to improving the clinical treatment of incontinence and advancing medical science
through bladder and bowel research. Other websites supported by The Simon Foundation for Continence
include: www.innovatingforcontinence.org, www.continencecentral.org and
www.managinglifewithincontinence.org.




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Contact Information:
The Simon Foundation for Continence
Elizabeth LaGro
1.800.23SIMON
Contact via Email
www.simonfoundation.org


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