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Lisa Sage

Lisa Sage was born in Michigan and moved to California when she was five and a half years old, almost six years old.  She then grew up in Palm Springs, CA, and graduated high school. She then went to UC Riverside and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and graduated in four years. She then went on to California State University, Northridge, where she earned her Master’s degree in Public Health. She then had some volunteer jobs and part-time jobs before getting her full-time job as a Health Educator for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

Lisa worked as a Health Educator for nine years and she developed and implemented prenatal education curriculum for mostly Latino women, and became bilingual in Spanish.  She developed her own class materials for the patients and taught several classes, mostly in Spanish, to low income women including some very young pregnant women.  After her first nine years there, she was promoted to Senior Health Educator, and then began to develop and implement curriculum on Diabetes Education and later more curriculum on Healthy Heart as well as other topics including smoking cessation, stress management, weight management and healthy lifestyle, etc.  Lisa also chaired several committees while working there.  She worked at the same job for her career as a Health Educator for 26 years and then retired.

In her retirement, Lisa keeps busy with volunteer opportunities including being a board member at her synagogue and working on a Jewish Advisory Committee.  Lisa has had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since the age of 3 years old but she hasn’t let it stop her from accomplishing many things in her life. She has an optimistic attitude toward life.

About RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau offers diverse speakers with disabilities to teach about disability inclusion; and/or to offer their expertise in an array of topics, ranging from Art and Entertainment to Entrepreneurship, Education, Finance, Law, Psychology, Religion (of many faiths) and every vocation in between. Our Speakers Bureau and its divisions are expanding. If this is of interest to you or you know a professional with a visible or nonvisible disability who might be interested, you (or she/he/they) can email Speakers@RespectAbility.org.

Meet the Author

Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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