Els R. Nieuwenhuijsen Eldersveld, PhD, MPH, OTR

CDHW Member


Dr. Els R. Nieuwenhuijsen Eldersveld received her Bachelor-equivalent degree in Occupational Therapy from the Dutch School of Occupational Therapy in Amsterdam. She earned a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and administration from the University of Michigan. She holds a doctoral degree in Community Health Services from Walden University. Dr. Nieuwenhuijsen Eldersveld first joined the University of Michigan as a Postdoctoral Fellow sponsored by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

Throughout her career, Dr.  Els R. Nieuwenhuijsen Eldersveld has been involved in many initiatives that allowed her to combine her expertise in physical rehabilitation and public health. She co-founded the American Public Health Association (APHA) Disability Section (1998), field tested the ICIDH-2 Beta 1 (now the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) (1998), and was the pilot test coordinator of the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Program at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (2013-2016). She has worked in the Netherlands, France and the United States in clinical practice, administration, and research. Dr. Els R. Nieuwenhuijsen Eldersveld is currently retired but still active in the disability space. Her latest work is the video The Meaning of Disability (2021), now available on YouTube.