BIDDEFORD, Maine — Community Partners Inc. has released an educational video in collaboration with the University of New England to improve the health care of people who have Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and autism.
The video promotes communication between people with disabilities and their doctors and other health care providers. The four segments include an Introduction to I/DD, Preparing for a Doctor’s Office Visit, Roundtable Discussions with Medical Students and DSPs (Direct Support Professionals), and Review. The video features Dr. Gary Rivard, Faculty Physician at Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Program and Medical Director at CPI’s nursing home in Lewiston.
“The video is an important step toward educating Maine health care providers and medical students about innovative ways physicians and other providers can interact and treat people with disabilities to improve the health of those patients,” said Todd Goodwin, CEO of CPI, in a press release. “This online professional video will provide statewide education about treating people with IDD. Teaming up with UNE has ensured an effective teaching tool for medical students and the greater medical community in Maine,” he added. The video was funded by a grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation.
CPI has been providing direct support services to adults with developmental disabilities since 1967. Programs include independent living, employment support, community inclusion services, and senior enrichment. Individuals are supported residentially with a variety of housing options, ranging from supported independent living to licensed facilities in communities throughout Southern and Central Maine. For further information, please visit www.cpime.org or contact Amy Safford at (207) 282-7113 ext. 125.
The Maine Health Access Foundation is Maine’s largest, private, nonprofit health care foundation dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improving the health of everyone in Maine. MeHAF uses its grant resources and expertise to identify and move forward key initiatives and issues to improve Maine’s health care system so people across every region of our state have access to quality care for better health. To learn more, visit www.mehaf.org.