People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD, often experience health disparities and barriers to quality healthcare. As a direct support professional, or DSP, you can support good health for the people you serve. In this course, you will learn about barriers to good health for people with IDD. You will also learn about strategies you can use to help the people you support achieve good health outcomes. The goal of this course is to introduce DSPs in IDD service settings to the idea of health disparities and how to address them.
This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Barriers and Disparities
Reporting and Communication
Coordinating Services and Supports
Health Outcomes in IDD
Section 3: Supporting Good Health Outcomes
What Can You Do?
Observe and Report Changes
Recognize Behavioral Signs
Advocate and Educate
Section 4: Conclusion
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 15 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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