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The Adult Health Case-Based Modules: Module 1 Overview

Module 1 of The Adult Health Case-Based Modules Overview (424KB) [download]
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Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

The modules are designed to build knowledge about the adult phase of the life course continuum of health and health care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities (ID). By participating in this curriculum, trainees will gain knowledge and perspective concerning: common health issues for adults with ID; socio-cultural influences on health of adults with ID; self-determination and person-centered care as essential elements of health promotion and healthcare for adults with ID; the importance of competitive employment and place of residence on health status; and the central importance of optimal health status on quality of life and on the ability of adults with ID to live the lives they desire in inclusive communities.

Module 1: "Understanding Health and Health Promotion for People with ID"

  • Case 1: Mr. Herman Cruz, a 57 year old man with diabetes and obesity, visiting a new primary care provider.
  • Case 2: Ms. Terry Schaeffer, a 35 year old woman, on a visit with a new primary care provider.
  • Case 3: Mr. James Foster, a 22 year old man visiting the emergency department because of a severe cough.
  • Case 4: Ms. Grace Tester, a 63 year old woman with dementia and breast cancer.

Module 2: "Communication Skills in the Context of Health and Wellness"

  • Scenario 1: Communication skills for working with people with ID -health care and wellness encounters. 
  • Scenario 2: Cultural and linguistic competency in communication; working with interpreters
  • Scenario 3: Inclusion strategies in written/electronic communication with people with ID-health and wellness
  • Scenario 4: Language to demonstrate respect
  • Scenario 5: Communication to support self-determination in health
  • Scenario 6: Use of technology for effective communication by and with people with ID
  • Scenario 7: Communication with people with sensory challenges such as hearing loss and visual impairment

Module 1, "Understanding Health and Health Promotion for People with ID" was originally developed in 2012 by Karen Edwards, MD MPH, Susan Havercamp, PhD, Leslie J Cohen, JD, and David O'Hara, PhD with review and input by Jamie Perry, MD MPH, Adriane K. Griffen, MPH, MCHES and George S. Jesien, PhD of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities; Revision and update in 2018 by Karen Edwards, MD MPH. Module 2, "Communication Skills in the Context of Health and Wellness" was originally created in 2015 by Karen Edwards, MD, MPH, and Cathy Yankou, MPH; Revision and update in 2018 by Karen Edwards, MD, MPH.

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