Alicia Thatcher (MD, CCFP) completed her family medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan. She also completed a Family Medicine Enhanced Skills program focused on primary care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the University of Saskatchewan – a training program she created based on her own learning needs and the gaps she identified in her community. Her passion for improving healthcare for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities stemmed from her experience working at Camp Easter Seal in high school and volunteering with organizations such as Best Buddies and Special Olympics. She currently serves on the board of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), an organization she’s been involved in for over seven years, and as the chair of the Developmental Disabilities Member Interest Group for the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are at greater risk of many common and rare health conditions and face significant barriers when accessing healthcare. Many healthcare professionals receive little to no training specific to IDD, and the disparities become even more evident when patients age out of the pediatric system. In this session Alicia will discuss:
1. Health disparities experienced by many adults with IDD.
2. How health care professionals can improve the care of adults with IDD (including tips, tools, and resources you can use!).
3. How caregivers can support and empower adults with IDD to address unmet health needs.
4. Health conditions most commonly associated with preventable mortality among adults with IDD – and how you can use this information to advocate and improve health outcomes within your community!