We love any exchange of ideas, but we’ve decided that, going forward, our focus as conveners is on finding avenues for application. We’re calling it CoAct, and the inaugural series kicked off Thursday, June 22nd.
This CoAct summer will consider barriers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face in achieving healthy lives and what we can do as a community to address them.
Session one brought diverse perspectives to the table for focused discussion and powerful collaborative solution building. Session two will incubate those initial ideas in exploration of best practices and innovative solutions from other communities. The third and final session will share a set of co-generated solutions for shared local action.
The Primary Care Coalition’s work to support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) began during the pandemic. Services like group homes, which generally help people with IDD live more independent lives in the community, also posed a significant source of COVID risk. PCC worked with the county government and with volunteer medical director Dr. Michael Greenberg to help local group home service providers reduce the risks of infection among residents with IDD and the direct support professionals who assist them.
Of course, the end of the public health emergency has not ended the health equity concerns for residents with IDD. Last May local service provider organization Makom convened a Health Equity Summit to identify desired health care solutions for Washington, DC-area residents with IDD and steps to achieve them. CoAct will build on that work by asking what we can do to advance health equity within our jurisdiction and in complement to larger regional goals.
With both a regional blueprint and a newly-created Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Commission in place, now is the time for coordinated action. We look forward to convening partners and facilitating a collective strategy.
Welcome to CoAct.