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Research & Community Engagement Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Cheri Blauwet

On February 25, 2021 the Calgary Adapted Hub along with our partners, hosted Dr. Cheri Blauwet in the first installment of the Community Engagement and Knowledge Translation Seminar series. Dr. Blauwet’s presentation “From the Paralympics to Public Health: The Impact of Sport and Physical Activity for People with Disabilities” is available in full length here.

Dr. Cheri Blauwet is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and  Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She serves as Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute. Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralypmic Games (Sydney ’00, Athens ’04, Beijing ’08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons.

Translating her background as an athlete to the clinic setting, Dr. Blauwet was the past chair and now serves as a Member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical and Scientific Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award and was named one Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2019 she was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40″ community leaders. She has become a global advocate for the use of sport and physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles for all individuals with disabilities. She was a guest at the White House as well as the keynote speaker at the Boston celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.