Sharon M. Milberger (af1380)

University information

Title: Director, Academic
Unit: Develop Disabilities
Department: Provost & VP Academic Affairs

Contact information

4809 Woodward, Suite 268
Detroit, 48201

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute

Title: MI-DDI Director, MI-LEND Co-Director


1987 B.S.N. University of Michigan


1994 Sc.D. Harvard School of Public Health (Epidemiology)
1991 M.S Harvard School of Public Health (Physiology)

I have a deep commitment to contributing to the development of inclusive communities and quality of life for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. As the director of the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) – Michigan’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), I am responsible for statewide education, community support, research, and dissemination programs. I have over two decades of research and program experience in I/DD, early intervention, family support subsidy, and health promotion and disease prevention. I am committed to promoting diversity and cultural competency and served as a Healthcare Equity Ambassador (and chaired the Healthcare Equity evaluation workgroup) for Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). I led the creation of LiveWell, a Center of Excellence at HFHS that required coordination and collaboration across multiple disciplines to optimize the health of system employees, patients, and community members. I also led the development of an innovative mobile app (5210 Kids!) to engage young children and their families in healthy habits.



Professional Memberships & Honors:

Professional Memberships:

  • Graduate, Henry Ford Health System Leadership Academy (2013)
  • Graduate, UCEDD Leadership Institute (2016)
  • Consultant, Formative Evaluation Research Associates (FERA), Ann Arbor, MI,
  • Member, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Grant Reviewer, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Michigan Foundation
  • Grant Reviewer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Grant Reviewer Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Substance Abuse Policy Program
  • Member, Detroit Public Schools Coordinated School Health Council
  • Founding Member, Exercise is MedicineTM Task Force
  • Member, Kellogg Food and Fitness Collaborative Advisory Council
  • Chair, Henry Ford Health System, Health Equity Evaluation Council
  • Co-Chair, MDHHS, Partnership for Health and Disability Advisory Council
  • Member, Best and Brightest Wellness Advisory Board


  • 1989-1994 Institutional National Research Service Award, Harvard University (full tuition plus stipend)
  • 2010 Focus on People Award, HFHS Healthcare Equity Campaign
  • 2014 Focus on People Award, HFHS Community Health, Equity & Wellness Team


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