Where are they now? An update from the AADMD Sonoran MedCats

I am no Oprah, but like Oprah, I lay awake at night and wonder about past grantees. Where are they now?

In February 2014, The Special Hope Foundation, in collaboration with AADMD, awarded grants of $50,000 each to four universities within the UCEDD/LEND network to support projects that promote comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities. Each project was to raise healthcare awareness at the  student level by supporting their communities.

Read more about the grant recipients here.

“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.,” said our Executive Director, Lynne O’Hara.

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

One of the grants was awarded to Sonoran UCEDD at University of Arizona for their “Arizona Youth in Transition” project. Their goal was to work with the University of Arizona College of Medicine and their established patient centered medical home for adults with developmental disabilities 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.

The program, led by Tamara Bassford, MD and Leslie Cohen, JD, promised to build a strong inter-professional AADMD student chapter, identifying needed skills, creating curriculum and providing targeted technical assistance. And they have an update.

Where are they now?

Go AADMD MedCats for Developmental Medicine!

The Sonoran UCEDD has been mentoring students and has formed an American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry Student Chapter, MedCats for Developmental Medicine.  The group hosted a ‘Spring Mixer’ with adults with developmental disabilities, families and medical students in hopes of bridging healthcare gaps through education and awareness.  Three individuals with disabilities and their families led a discussion around access, barriers and what successful health care encounters look like. Thirty medical students from various years participated in the event.

Way to go, AADMD MedCats!


Do you have an update for our “Where are they now” series?

Send it to laura@specialhope.org

2017-05-03T10:52:41+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|Special Hope Blog|

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