Monarch, The Arc, community partner to host health screenings to help improve health of people with I/DD
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified that although people with I/DD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) are connected to long-term services and supports like help with day-to-day functioning, housing or employment coaching, the reality is that many individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (I/DD) lack a medical home or receive routine, preventative care.
People of all ages in this population receive fewer routine checkups, fewer immunizations, less mental health care, less oral health care and fewer opportunities for physical activity than other Americans. In addition to barriers to health, this population is routinely excluded from health surveillance data, thus making it difficult to document unmet needs and work to create solutions.
Based on this information, the CDC chose the Arc of the United States as a partner for a three-year cooperative agreement to collect data to understand and improve the unique health challenges of individuals with I/DD. The Arc of North Carolina is one of five nationwide chosen to be part of Health Meet, a health fair and medical screenings event.
Through this project, The Arc of North Carolina will have the opportunity to pilot local health screenings, provide assistance with health care navigation and lead health promotion activities for people with I/DD across the state. This project will assist in improving health literacy, correct preventable health disparities, and empower individuals with I/DD to become better and more informed partners in their overall health.
On a June 24, Monarch in partnership with The Outer Banks Hospital, Surf Pediatrics and many dedicated volunteers helped to host Health Meet at the Dare County Center in Manteo. Screenings were scheduled for individuals with I/DD ages 16 and up.
“We are very excited about participating in this milestone event,” said Renate Macchirole, community inclusion specialist at Monarch. “Having national recognition of gaps in medical services for people with I/DD is a huge leap for our community and we are proud to be part of the process of initiating change.”