The Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center: Improving the Healthcare Experience for Patients with Autism

The Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center: Improving the Healthcare Experience for Patients with Autism


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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

Webinar Description:

Despite higher rates of healthcare utilization, families of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) report higher levels of unmet needs, and significant difficulty using healthcare services. The Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center is working to address these challenges by optimizing the healthcare experience for patients with ASD. This webinar will introduce participants to the work of the Autism Friendly Initiative, and to strategies of care optimization that are tailorable to any kind of healthcare practice. At the end of this webinar, participants will understand more about the specific challenges that face patients with ASD when seeking healthcare, and will feel more prepared in determining how to address those challenges at their respective practices.

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Lauren Bartolotti Busa, MA

Lauren Bartolotti Busa is the Associate Director for the Autism Program at Boston Medical Center where she has worked for the past 8 years. Lauren manages patient and family referrals and provides clinical supervision to Autism Program staff. Additionally, she manages the internship program which brings undergraduate and graduate students from local colleges and universities onboard for a rich applied experience. Lauren has provided training to clinicians, staff, community partners, as well as parent groups across the greater community and is helping to oversee the provision of hospital-side “autism friendly” resource support to patients wherever they are being seen across the institution. 


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Alexander Friedman, MPH

Alexander Friedman is the Project Coordinator of the Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center, which aims to improve the healthcare experience for patients with autism and their families. In this role, Alexander is responsible for the oversight of the Initiative's interventions related to staff training, systems improvement, and resource development. Alexander closely collaborates with professional and community stakeholders to strengthen and expand the scope of the Initiative's work, and to ensure that all work is driven by best practice.  



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