SNSC Health Care Facilitators Tom Archer and Cindy Chatzis present at AAIDD’s 2017 conference held in Hartford, CT this past June.
At their presentation, Tom and Cindy described the role of the healthcare facilitator, identified and disseminated some major research that delves into health care usage by people with intellectual disabilities, shared resources that have come out of this research and other projects aimed at educating health care providers and described where we have focused our attention for the greatest gains.
They also shared a number of projects that have been facilitated by health care facilitators to build relationships and practices between hospitals and community providers in the developmental service sector.
These projects include the development of a process map and protocol with a major health centre to reduce ALC (Alternate level of Care) length of stay and build accountability to take action and plan for transitional discharge by both the hospital and the community service sector, a regional partnership and plan for managing crisis to minimize hospital admissions and increase capacity of community agencies to manage difficult behavioural and psychiatric challenges and touch on other cross sectoral, collaborative projects involving health centres, universities and community services aimed at providing curriculum on and exposure to people with developmental disabilities for health care students and improving health outcomes among this population.
Please take a look at their presentation, click below to view: