AUCD Health and Disability SIG Webinar: Interdisciplinary Models for Improving Healthcare Transition and Adult Healthcare Provision in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

AUCD Health and Disability SIG Webinar: Interdisciplinary Models for Improving Healthcare Transition and Adult Healthcare Provision in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Monday, September 18, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Location: Webinar


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Webinar Description:
Youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face unique challenges when transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare, including access to care, and experience poorer health outcomes when transitioning to adulthood. This webinar will explore unique programs designed to overcome some of these barriers and improve the healthcare transition process for this vulnerable population.


Cristina Sarmiento, MD
Cristina Sarmiento, MD is a rehabilitation medicine physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz. Her clinical and research interests focus on improving health outcomes, healthcare, and quality of life for individuals with childhood onset disabilities across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on the transition to adulthood.

Christine Petranovich, Ph.D

Christine Petranovich, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Clinically, Dr. Petranovich is primarily interested in acute and long-term neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. From a research perspective, she is interested in identifying predictors of cognitive functioning, social competence, and behavior after traumatic brain injury. Dr. Petranovich is also interested in understanding protective and modifiable risk factors in the transition to adulthood for individuals with a history of rehabilitation-specific medical conditions.

Hannah Friedman, MD

Hannah Friedman, MD, is an ACCORDS Primary Care Research Fellow at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and a pediatrician in the Special Care Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado, a primary care medical home for children with medical complexity. Her primary research interest is the transition from pediatric to adult primary care for young adults with childhood-onset medical complexity and disability.

Dan Wood, PhD MB.BS FRCS Urol
Dr Dan Wood is a Professor of Urology and Associate Vice Chair for Pediatric to Adult Transition Surgery (CU School of Medicine) Chair of Adult Congenital Surgery Transition, (Children’s Hospital Colorado) and working across the Anschutz Medical Campus. He has previously worked at University College London Hospitals and an honorary consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital. His major interest and work is in adolescent and reconstructive urology – with an expertise in adult complex reconstruction, surgical aspects of bladder exstrophy, cloacal exstrophy, posterior urethral valves, disorders of sex development and neuropathic bladder. He qualified from St Bartholomew’s Medical College (London, UK) in 1994, did a PhD, at UCL, looking at smooth muscle physiology and completed his higher training at the Institute of Urology where he was first appointed as a consultant in 2008. He maintains an active research interest and is widely published, he served as a senior editor of the Journal of Paediatric Urology and has been an invited speaker as visiting professor across the US and Europe and at many international meetings.

Jessica Sanders,
Dr. Sanders is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Colorado in Denver. Her career focuses on enhancing the lives of patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities through the lifespan by utilizing her combined background of special education and medicine to improve access to and quality of age-appropriate, specialized healthcare. She completed the 6-year Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital, which included two years of pediatric residency followed by four years of training in adult and child neurology, and adult and child NDD. In her current position in Colorado, she initiated an Adult Developmental Disabilities Clinic in collaboration with adult neurologists at the University of Colorado, where she provides consultative neurodevelopmental care in the adult hospital system, UC Health. Dr. Sanders also serves as the attending physician in the Developmental Pediatrics Transition Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Sanders is dedicated to developing more opportunities for adult neurodevelopmental care through clinical model innovation, collaboration with colleagues across disciplines, and mentorship of trainees.


Please Note:

  • There is no cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • This webinar will be held on the Zoom Platform. You can test your connection with Zoom before joining the meeting here.
  • For disability accommodations, email [email protected].
  • This webinar will be archived.