Healthcare Needs for People with IDD: Assessing Healthcare Needs

Healthcare Needs for People with IDD: Assessing Healthcare Needs 

Compared to the general population, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experience several health disparities and barriers to quality healthcare. As a direct support professional (DSP), you can address barriers to health and wellness for the people you serve. This course will provide information on these healthcare barriers and give you tools for assessing the health needs of the individuals you serve. This course is the first in a five-part series on health needs for people with IDD.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

0.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-HNPI1
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe the health disparities that exist for people with disabilities.
Identify different barriers to healthcare that often exist for people with disabilities.
Recognize how to assess the signs and symptoms of an individual’s physical and mental health.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Healthcare Needs of People with Disabilities A. Dani’s Dental Dilemma B. Health Outcomes for People with Disabilities C. Health Care Barriers D. Review E. Summary Section 3: Assessing Health Needs A. Assessing Health Needs B. Physical Signs and Symptoms C. Behavioral Health Assessment D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Congratulations! B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Exam F. Brainsparks

Instructor: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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