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Publications and presentations featuring members of the PATH-PWIDD consortium.



April 2023 | Opinion: Will Proposed ACGME Requirements Have Consequences for Kids With Autism? (MedPageToday)

Dr. Sarah Ailey, project PI, and Dr. Holly Brown from the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing published an op-ed in MedPageToday, discussing the potential impacts of proposed changes to ACGME requirements.

April 2023 | Makom Takes Its Place (Impact)

David Ervin, a member of the Education, Practice, and Policy Consortium Action Network, contributed an organizational profile of Makom to the latest edition of Impact. Makom is a nonprofit organization that supports self-determined lives for individuals with IDD, including finding ways to remain a part of their chosen neighborhood, community, or faith.



December 2022 | New Training Focuses on Patients with Disabilities (UIC Today)

Advocate Advisory Committee members Bridget and Nancy Brown are featured in this story about UIC’s new interprofessional program, which provides pharmacy, dentistry, and nursing students with experience working with individuals with disabilities.

December 2022 | Hospitals Can be Dangerous Places for People with IDD (Visible Magazine)

Project partners Dr. Sarah Ailey from Rush University and Dr. Holly Brown from the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing collaborated on an op-ed for Visible Magazine, addressing the many risks for hospitalized individuals with IDD.

October 2022 | Dr. Sarah Ailey Receives Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

The UIC College of Nursing’s 2022 alumni award recognizes nursing alumni demonstrating a commitment to improving health outcomes through nurse-led research.

October 2022 | Disability as Diversity

Dr. Sarah Ailey and Dr. Beth Marks were cited in a recent publication, “Disability as Diversity-A Guidebook for Inclusion in Medicine, Nursing, and the Health Professions,” by Lisa M. Meeks and Leslie Neal-Boylan.

October 2022 | Assessing The Dangers Of A Hospital Stay For Patients With Developmental Disability In England, 2017–19 (Health Affairs)

A publication by Drs. Beth Marks and Jasmina Sisirak was cited in a recent Health Affairs article about avoidable in-hospital safety incidents.

September 2022 | Nurses with Disability: Transforming Healthcare for All (The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, a Scholarly Journal of the American Nurses Association)

In this article, consortium partners Dr. Beth Marks and Dr. Jasmina Sisirak discuss disability, ableism, and nursing. They also discuss universal design structures for access that can be useful to support students and nurses, as well as recommendations for nursing education and practice.

September 2022 | Caring for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Transcontinental Study (Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health)

COVID-19 had profound impacts on the basic care needs of individuals with IDD across the globe, according to a new transcontinental study co-authored by project partners, including Drs. Sarah Ailey, Judith Stych, and Golisano Institute Fellow Melissa Desroches.

September 2022 | Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Navigating the Needs of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (Journal of Palliative Medicine)

Individuals with IDD need quality palliative care. Drs. Sarah Ailey and Suzanne C. Smeltzer of the core team contributed to an article that provides tips to palliative care clinicians.

August 2022 | Stop the Madness: Ukraine Treatment of People with IDD (Visible Magazine)

An op-ed by Dr. Sarah Ailey highlights the dire conditions facing people with IDD in Ukraine and the need for change in the long-term care workforce.

August 2022 | Improving Health Outcomes in Neurodiverse Populations through Health Care Provider Education (AOTA)

Improving health care provider education is key to better health outcomes in neurodiverse populations, according to a recent publication in the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) SIS Quarterly Practice Connections. The article is co-authored by project co-investigator Dr. Molly Bathje.

July 2022 | Mental Health of Older Adults With Intellectual Disability (Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services)

Across most age groups, individuals with intellectual disability (ID) have higher rates of mental health conditions than their peers in the general population. Dr. Sarah Ailey, Dr. Tamar Heller, and Dr. Holly Brown discuss the education, policy changes, and research needed to improve mental health care for this population in a recent issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services.

June 2022 | Better Care for Patients with Disability (ACP Internist)

Dr. Sarah Ailey was quoted in a recent ACP article about a lack of knowledge among physicians about their legal responsibilities under the ADA.

April 2022 | Healthcare Bias is Lowering the Standard of Care for People with Disabilities During the COVID Crisis (Visible Magazine)

In this op-ed in Visible Magazine, Dr. Sarah Ailey discusses the bias against people with disabilities that negatively impacted their healthcare treatment decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 2022 | National Council on Disability Releases New Health Equity Framework

On February 23, the  National Council on Disability (NCD) released a Health Equity Framework for People with Disabilities. In the week preceding the official release of the framework, nurse leaders from the PATH-PWIDD consortium delivered a letter to NCD Chairman Andrés Gallegos urging the NCD to work with nursing education, accreditation, and licensing organizations to ensure that nurses are adequately prepared to provide quality healthcare to individuals with a disability.

January 2022 | Are We Equipped to Care for People With Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities? (MedPage Today)

In this op-ed in MedPage Today, Dr. Sarah Ailey discusses how accreditation standards for medical professionals can impact care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



December 2021 | Project PI Presents at NASEM (National Academies)

Dr. Sarah Ailey gave a presentation on the PATH-PWIDD project at December’s National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine 3-day workshop, Exploring an Optimal Integrated Care System for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

December 2021 | Dr. Suzanne C. Smeltzer Awarded 2021 Book of the Year for her book “History and Public Policy: Delivering Quality Healthcare for People with Disability”

Core team member Dr. Suzanne C. Smeltzer, RN, ANEF, FAAN, from Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, received a 2022 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. Her book, “Delivering Quality Healthcare for People with Disability” will educate the next generation of nurses in providing high quality, evidence-based care that addresses the needs of people with disability.

December 2021 | Why High Uber Fees Mean a Less Inclusive Health Care Industry (Next City)

In this op-ed in Next City, Dr. Sarah Ailey discusses the surprising link between Uber and better healthcare for all.



September 2020 | PATH-PWIDD Project Funded by Administration for Community Living

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) Awarded a New Grant to Strengthen Healthcare Workforce and Address Health Disparities among People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

December 2020 | New Program Aims To Train Health Care Professionals On Developmental Disabilities (DisabilityScoop)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living has allocated $1.75 million over the next five years toward the [PATH-PWIDD] initiative, which will bring together five universities to study existing trainings and develop materials and standardized practice experiences that can be incorporated into the curriculum for students in health care fields.