Inter Professional Collaboratives (IPC)

Inter Professional Collaboratives (IPC)

Promoting Positive Behavior – This IPC addresses behavioral health challenges for individuals with DD through services, research, training, and community engagement. Priorities include: increasing evidence-based behavioral care for individuals with I/DD-NDD, conducting research on the effectiveness of technology to provide behavioral health care, developing a web-based continuing education program for individuals with DD, and increasing community partnerships.

NDD: Intervention Science – This IPC emphasizes improving outcomes through evidence-based interventions in the areas of communication, literacy, and development of social and emotional skills. Priorities include: developing training initiatives in early childhood special education, and organizing research around strategies to accelerate language acquisition, in bilingual children with language delays.

NDD: Discovery Science – This IPC brings together investigators from across the University to create synergies for research in the area of IDD that can be translated into benefits for individuals with IDD, particularly in community settings. Priorities include: autism, genetics, development of early language, neurodevelopmental consequences of prenatal exposure to viruses (e.g., Zika), and consequences of chronic illnesses and their treatment

Lifespan – This IPC, which is comprised of multidisciplinary health care professionals and community activists, seeks to address issues related to continuity of care across the lifespan. The IPC has recognized that lifespan health care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities requires more than just transfer of care or “handoff”. Priorities include integrating input from individuals with developmental disabilities and their families concerning existing barriers for continuity of care and evaluating the benefits of a specialty “transition clinic” dedicated to facilitating smooth transition of complex adult cases. IPC members already have completed an IRB-approved survey of adult medical care providers’ knowledge and attitudes regarding their willingness to accommodate and treat young adults with disabilities as they transition from pediatric care. Recognizing deficiencies locally, the Lifespan IPC now is seeking to establish such a resource in the University of Miami’s health care system. Additionally, education of community providers about variations in approach to patient care that would be necessary in adult settings, as well as tips for attention of the population and efficiency of the process, already are underway.

Community Wellness – This IPC to advance the field of the prevention and evidence-based interventions. We will develop and test prevention and treatment interventions, translate research into evidence-based practice, improve upon clinical services, and coordinate services with community-based programs. In addition, we intend to promote advocacy and community-based programs through our multidisciplinary network of researchers, clinicians, students, families, and community members. Initiatives to stimulate these activities in the collaborative will include support services, funding sources, opportunities to develop new ideas and collaborate with those who share similar interests