Collaborative Health Care for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

Originally Presented March 7, 2024


The challenges people with disabilities experience when receiving health care services or participating in programs that promote health are monumental and can be overwhelming. Often multiple barriers make it extremely difficult or even impossible for people with disabilities to access and effectively receive healthcare. This Public Health Live will provide a background on overall health for people with disabilities, describe barriers faced by people with disabilities, and address how small changes within a provider’s office, engagement with patients, and collaboration with partners can improve healthcare for people with disabilities. Specific focus is placed on people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. 

Target Audience

The public health and health care workforce.




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Vincent Siasoco, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor, Dept of Family & Social Medicine/Dept of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Director of Primary Care, Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore Medical Center
Medical Director, ADAPT Community Network
Board Member, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry 

Meelin Dian Chin Kit- Wells DDS, M.Ed.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (UBSDM)
UBSDM Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair
President-elect, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)

Learning Outcome and Objectives

As a result of participation in this activity, the learner will have increased and enhanced their knowledge and competence on appropriately treating patients with a disability.

By the end of the activity, learners will be able to: 

  • Recognize how barriers to care create health inequities for patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD).
  • Summarize how barriers experienced by people with IDD are being addressed by health and dental care providers.
  • Describe collaborative partnerships by like-minded organizations and educational programs to improve healthcare for people with disabilities, including those with IDD.
Activity Materials
Evaluation, Post-Test and Certificate
Continuing Education Credits

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits

Each participant interested in CE credits must watch the activity, complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test for CE Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

Criteria for Successful Completion: Learners must attend 100% of this activity to be awarded full continuing education credits /contact hours.


Disclosure Statements

None of the planners, moderator, and presenters have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any ineligible companies whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity. 


Continuing Medical Education Credits 

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until March 31, 2027.


Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours 

University at Albany School of Public Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This offering is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until March 23, 2025.


Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until March 31, 2027.


Certified in Public Health 

This event is sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
This offering is approved for 1.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits.

CPH Renewal Credits are offered until March 31, 2027