Sonoran UCEDD Awarded Special Hope Foundation Catalytic Community Outreach Model: Comprehensive Health Care for Adults IDD Grant

Sonoran UCEDD Update
March 2014
Excerpted from Special Hope Foundation Press Release, Palo Alto, CA, February 10, 2014

The Special Hope Foundation, in collaboration with the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), announced that four universities within the UCEDD/LEND network were selected to each receive $50,000 of funding through the Special Hope Foundation’s grant program. These grants will support the organizations within their projects that promote comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities by raising awareness at the healthcare student level and by supporting their communities. The organizations receiving grants include: Sonoran UCEDD at University of Arizona, Center for Human Development at University of Alaska Anchorage, JFK Partners at University of Colorado, and University of Rochester UCEDD. The Foundation requested proposals throughout the UCEDD/LEND network and carefully reviewed and considered each application.

“I think the UCEDD's are strategically positioned to provide quality community services to their states, and I am particularly pleased to see how they are impacting healthcare by partnering with future medical and dental practitioners.” Lynne O’Hara, Executive Director of the Special Hope Foundation.

“What makes this so exciting for us is that each of the grantees has strong healthcare leadership capabilities, but each is also taking a unique approach to this project,” says Matt Holder, Executive Director of AADMD. “Not only will these four programs engage health education in a way that hasn’t been done before, their legacy will be a roadmap of how other UCEDDs and LENDs can do the same.”

The Sonoran UCEDD will work with the UA College of Medicine and their established patient centered medical home for adults with DD to increase the capacity of future and current health care providers to facilitate effective transitions from pediatric to adult health care for youth with DD. This will be accomplished through building a strong inter-professional AADMD student chapter, identifying needed skills, creating curriculum and providing targeted technical assistance. The project team includes Medical Home Coordinator, Sarah Guayante, BS; faculty, Lynne Tomasa, PhD; and staff, Martha Monroy, MA; and will be led by Tamsen Bassford, MD and Leslie Cohen, JD.

AADMD: American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry      Special Hope Foundation