Primary Care Provider Continuing Medical Education Program

One of the Continuing Medical Education modules highlights a scenario that focuses on Applying Supported Decision-Making in the Clinical Context.

One of the Continuing Medical Education modules highlights a scenario that focuses on Applying Supported Decision-Making in the Clinical Context.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Project

The Primary Care Provider Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program is aimed at providing primary care providers, particularly family physicians and nurse practitioners in Arizona, with continuing medical education related to more equitable and inclusive health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). 

Who is leading this project?

Julie Armin, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator
Affiliated Faculty
Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Heather Williamson, DrPH

Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Northern Arizona University

Tammie Bassford, MD

Co-Investigator Affiliated Faculty
Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Associate Faculy
Department of Family and Community Medicine

 

 

Celina Urquidez

Education & Clinic Coordinator
Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Jeffrey Javier

Director of Communications
Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities

 

 

Why is this project important?

Through previous research, Drs. Armin and Williamson learned that health care providers are not always aware of best practices for working with individuals with IDD in health care interactions. National research has also found that primary care providers hold biases about people with disabilities and need more information and support in providing more comprehensive and equitable care for their patients who have disabilities. More importantly, the project is expected to help people with disabilities feel more seen and heard by their primary care provider.

These videos would be great for doctors and medical students to watch. If they watch the videos closely, they could learn how to work with people with disabilities. I think others might be able to learn something from videos like this too.
--Gabe Martinez, Program Aide and Peer Mentor, Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities

About the Continuing Medical Education Program

Button to Download the Resource GuideWith insight and guidance from a diverse group of community partners that includes self-advocates, subject matter experts in supported decision-making, guardianship, health care for underserved communities, the project team has developed a free Continuing Medical Education program with three modules that focus on different aspects of providing medical care for people with disabilities. The three topics covered by the CME program are:

  1. Understanding Current Health Inequities among People with I/DD and the History of Marginalization

  2. Consent and Capacity as it Relates to People with I/DD

  3. Applying Supported Decision-Making in the Clinical Context

Continuing Medical Education Toolkit 

The Continuing Medical Education Toolkit was developed to provide others with information and lessons learned so that they can create similar CME courses and understand our CME development process. We encourage others to review the recommended step-by-step process based on the development of a CME course that focused on best practices for providing equitable and quality medical care for individuals with disabilities. 

Project Steering Committee

Bill Thrift, MD, FAAFP, President, Board of Arizona Academy of Family Physicians
Jon Meyers, Executive Director, The Arc of Arizona
Susan Marks, JD, PhD, Attorney at Law, Susan Marks & Associates, PLLC; Professor Emeritus, Northern Arizona University
Kim Russell, Executive Director, Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care
Lorena Verdugo, President, Arizona Community Health Workers Association
Audrey Russell Kibble, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP
Purnima Madhivanan, MBBS, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Mel & Enid College of Public Health, University of Arizona
John Britton and Teresa Moore, Self Advocates
Vicki D. Copeland, MD, FAAFP, Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

Thank You to Our CME Actors! 

Monica Diaz 
Gabriel Martinez 
Katie Baldwin 
Kim Rogan

For More Information
Celina Urquidez
celinau@arizona.edu

This project is funded by a grant from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ISA No. ADDPC-0110-07-2022/Year 1). The information provided or views expressed, whether orally or in writing, or in any documents, reports or final findings resulting from the funded project, do not necessarily reflect the official views of the ADDPC or the U.S. Health and Human Services.