Health Care Providers
Healthcare Professionals Lede
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The Vision
Every health care provider should be trained to care for people with intellectual disabilities and do their part to ensure equitable access to quality health care for patients with intellectual disabilities
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The Problem
"Through inclusive health education, we can improve physicians’ exposure to patients with intellectual disability during medical training, an essential step towards providing quality care for people with intellectual disability."
-Darryl L. Kaelin, MD, President, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Professor and Division Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Louisville
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What You Can Do About It
Health care providers can promote inclusive health, the inclusion of people intellectual disabilities in mainstream health services, training programs, and research, by improving their competency in caring for patients with intellectual disabilities through education and advocacy.
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Advocate for inclusion in health care delivery
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Advocate for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in health care delivery in your field

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Seek out continuing education
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Seek out continuing education on disability and health topics, including communication strategies

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Obtain hands on experience
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Obtain experience with patients with intellectual disabilities, both in clinical and non-clinical settings

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Advocate for curriculum changes
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Advocate for curriculum changes in academic training programs to include training on serving patients with intellectual disabilities and other disabilities throughout the lifespan

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Partner with disability organizations
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Partner with disability organizations to learn more about the respectful inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in health care services and in training programs

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Encourage adoption of resolutions or policy statements
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Encourage professional associations to adopt resolutions or policy statements endorsing the importance of addressing health disparities experienced by children and adults with intellectual disabilities

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Advocate for population of focus
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Advocate for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities as a population of focus within your professional organization

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Advocate for medically underserved designation
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Advocate for the medically underserved population designation for people with intellectual disabilities

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Advocate for appropriate reimbursement
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Advocate for appropriate reimbursement to reflect the requisite additional time and skills needed to provide quality health care to people with intellectual disabilities

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Network with other health care providers
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Talk to other health care providers about the importance of inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

AUDIENCES
Foundational strategies apply across all sectors of the public health system, for more information specific to your sector, please explore the audience pages below. More audiences coming soon!
Every health care provider should be trained to care for people with intellectual disabilities and do their part to ensure equitable access to quality health care for patients with intellectual disabilities
All people with intellectual disabilities should have access to and meaningful participation in fitness and wellness programs and activities
Every professional association should commit to addressing the health needs of people with intellectual disabilities and provide their members with the necessary training to be more inclusive.
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