Rush University Pilot Project
In a service learning course, interprofessional student teams collaborate with individuals with IDD, their caregivers, and staff from a local community-based organization during a series of telehealth sessions.
Interprofessional student teams representing two or more health care professions will partner with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their direct service providers and caregivers in an advanced service learning course during the fall semester of 2022. This will build on existing coursework to ensure students have prior experience working in interprofessional teams and conducting telehealth appointments. In addition to traditional didactic content, the students will participate in a collaborative interprofessional community experience. The student teams will partner with Ada S. McKinley Community Services, a local community-based organization with sites in Chicago, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Over three telehealth sessions, the team of students and individuals with IDD, with the support of a staff person from Ada S. McKinley, will develop and pursue measurable wellness goals. Over ten weeks, students complete weekly team reflections on their learning activities, designed to meet IPEC competencies. Weekly modules include content on communication strategies, the social model of disability, health promotion, and bias against people with disabilities.
Student Feedback“…my eyes have really been opened to the biases of healthcare providers and the effects it has on care of patients with IDD. I know a little more and am better equipped to advocate for patients with IDD and their needs. Also, because of our team’s telehealth appointments I feel more comfortable asking patients about their personal goals and helping aid them in achieving those goals instead of forcing my own agenda about what I think should be most important to their health.”