- Offers an unique lifespan approach on Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Addresses the Clinical as well as the Systems of Delivery of Health Care
- Provides a practical approach to dealing with health and well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Health Promotion in Community Based Organizations: Understanding the Needs and Capacity
Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH and Beth Marks, PhD, RN, FAAN
May 17th, 2018
Webinar 5: Health Promotion in Community Based Organizations: Understanding the Needs and Capacity
3:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time
Presenters: Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH (email@example.com) and Beth Marks, PhD, RN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Abstract: Focusing only on motivating individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) to change their behaviors oftentimes results in many people returning to unhealthy behaviors because their environment does not recognize the influence and importance of organizational attitudes, policy, and “corporate cultures” on individual behavior change. We evaluated organizational health promotion programs and services, resources, organizational culture and employee’s perception of knowledge, skills and attitudes in over 70 community based organizations (CBOs) in seven states. We will share the results of our findings and recommendations for improving health promotion capacity within CBOs.
Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH is an Associate Director of Training and Dissemination at the RRTCDD and the Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Jasmina received her PhD in Public Health with emphasis in Epidemiology and Community Health. Her research interests consist of nutrition, health literacy, health promotion and curriculum development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Jasmina is also Associate Director of the HealthMatters Program.
Beth Marks, RN, PhD, FAAN is a Research Associate Professor at the Department of Disability and Human Development, UIC and the Associate Director for Research in the RRTCDD. Her research interests include the empowerment and advancement of persons with disabilities through health promotion, health advocacy, and primary health care. She has published numerous articles and books related to health promotion, health advocacy, and primary health care for people with disabilities. Dr. Marks is also the Director of the HealthMatters Program.
Anxiety and Depression in Adults with IDD: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Applications
Kelly Hsieh, PhD and Haleigh Scott, PhD
April 19th, 2018
Webinar 4: Anxiety and Depression in Adults with IDD: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Applications
3:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time
Abstract: Depression and anxiety are the most frequent mental disorders in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). People with IDD may experience more life events due to different living circumstances and limited coping skills. Dr. Hsieh will present current research on risk factors of depression and anxiety and Dr. Scott will provide clinical strategies to help adults with IDD to manage depression and anxiety by improving coping skills to reduce stressors.
Kelly Hsieh, PhD is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development, and Associate Director of Evaluation and Statistics for the RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health. Her research interests explore the relationship between health risk behaviors and health outcomes including obesity, falls, cardiovascular disease, mental health, and dementia across lifespan among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities using epidemiological approach. She is also interested in investigating efficacy of interventions to improve well-being and quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities.
Haleigh Scott, PhD (email@example.com), is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Disability and Human Development. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Psychology program. Haleigh’s research focuses on the well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Specifically, she is interested in how psychosocial factors influence mental and physical health outcomes and measurement issues in obtaining health related information from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Partnering to Transform Healthcare with People with IDD
Tamar Heller, PhD and Sarah Ailey, PhD, RN, CDDN, APHN-BC
March 15th, 2018
Webinar 3: Partnering to Transform Healthcare with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
3:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time
Abstract: Disparities in treatment of people with intellectual disability in health care leads to increased morbidity and mortality and costs, and decreased quality of life. Proactive work for practical, implementable solutions is needed, as well as consensus and action plans on best practices and research and policy agendas. The Partnering to Transform Healthcare with People with Disabilities Conference provided an opportunity for self-advocates across disability communities (intellectual, physical, sensory and mental) to partner with national experts (providers and policy makers, executives, insurers, regulators and others) to synthesize current innovations and improvement efforts in health care with people with disabilities, reach consensus on best practices, propose needed research and policies, and develop action plans. We will report findings from the conference regarding currently implementable solutions, consensus on best practices and research, and policy agenda recommendations for people with intellectual disability. We invite participants to join the dialogue.
Tamar Heller, PhD, Distinguished Professor, heads the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and its University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She also directs the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Developmental Disabilities and Health, and is Co-PI of the RRTC on Community Living Disability Policy and the Family Support RTC. Her research focuses on health and long-term services and supports for individuals with disabilities and their families. She was President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) board, and co-founder of the Sibling Leadership Network. Her awards include the 2009 Arc of Illinois Autism Ally for Public Policy Award; the 2008 Lifetime Research Achievement Award, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Interest Group on Aging; the 2009 Community Support Services Community Partner Award, the 2010 College of Applied Health Sciences, UIC Outstanding Researcher Award, and the AUCD 2012 International Award.
Sarah Ailey, PhD, RN, CDDN, APHN-BC, is a nurse researcher and clinician who works to improve the health and health care of people with disabilities, concentrating on intellectual disabilities. Her research and scholarly practice are concentrated on translating research to community and inpatient hospital settings to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. She is investigating the effect of the Steps to Effective Problem-solving (STEPS) program in group homes, funded by an R01 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute. Ailey has been a member of the Americans with Disabilities Act Task Force at Rush University Medical Center since 2003. She also co-chairs (with Robyn Hart) the Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee at Rush since 2007; the collective work at Rush to improve patient care for this population has been described as the “gold standard” in The Hospitalist, a publication of the American College of Physicians.
Beyond Care Coordination: Cross-Systems Care Integration for Adults with IDD
Betty Geer, DNP, RN, CPNP · Brystal Karber, BA · Nichole Guerra, DBA
February 15th, 2018
RRTCDD and The Arc 2018 Health and Wellness Webinar Series
Webinar 2: Beyond Care Coordination: Cross-Systems Care Integration for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
3:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time
PLAY RECORDING (1 hr 6 min)
This presentation will define a new experimental role known as the Care Integration Specialist and explain how this role functions within a clinical setting, coordinating care across healthcare and community support systems. Preliminary and anecdotal data will be shared showing how this role positively impacts healthcare and quality of life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Nichole Guerra is a Research Coordinator at The Resource Exchange Research Center. She will earn her Doctor of Business Administration in June 2017. Her educational background is in Health Science and Nonprofit Management in the Human Services industry. Mrs. Guerra’s career in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities began in 2005. She has extensive experience in residential and day program settings, case management, and adapted physical activities.
Betty Geer became Research Center Director for The Resource Exchange in Colorado Springs in September 2016. Her background includes more than 30 years cumulative experience in a broad range of fields, including public health research, nursing, graphic design, economic development, and architecture. She holds five degrees from the University of Colorado: Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Architecture, and Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Geer also completed a Postdoctoral LEND Fellowship at JFK Partners at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She is currently PI for the Care Integration and Quality of Life study, the research portion of the collaborative project entitled Health Coordination for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
Brystal Karber, Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and a Teaching Assistant at University of Colorado.
Blind Spot: Understanding a disabled son’s vulnerability as a state of grace by Diane Stonecipher, BSN, RN
“His IQ may have been devastated, but his EQ has not. He has lived 25 years on this earth and his experiences are valuable and visceral to him.”
Diane Stonecipher is a nurse living and working in Texas. Contact author: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tamar Heller, RRTCDD director, gave testimony before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging on October 25, 2017. Her testimony addressed a number of issues facing older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including changes in health and health promotion, support for family caregivers, and retirement options. Download Full Testimony.
For a video of the entire hearing titled “Working and Aging with Disabilities: From School to Retirement” see the following link: https://www.aging.senate.gov/hearings/working-and-aging-with-disabilities-from-school-to-retirement
XCEL is designed to give quick tips in an entertaining way to reception/support staff who interact with people with developmental disabilities in healthcare settings. It comprises of a 7 minute animated video, a fact sheet, and highlights other resources that are helpful.
This session will provide a refresher on the requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility standard for Hospitals and Long-Term Care facilities. The presenters will provide an in-depth review of the standards and design challenges in long-term care settings, including highlights from recent research. Additionally, strategies for success in the field that both comply with the standard and meet the needs of older adults and their caregivers will be discussed. This is a joint session presented by the Access Board and the AIA Codes and Standards Committee. Session participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance.
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities and their Families
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