Recording - Beyond Care Coordination: Cross-Systems Care Integration For Adults with IDD

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This presentation defined a new experimental role known as the Care Integration Specialist and explained how this role functions within a clinical setting, coordinating care across healthcare and community support systems. Preliminary and anecdotal data was shared showing how this role positively impacts healthcare and quality of life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Nichole Guerra, DBA is a Research Coordinator at The Resource Exchange Research Center. She will earn her Doctor of Business Administration in June 2017. Her educational background is in Health Science and Nonprofit Management in the Human Services industry. Mrs. Guerra’s career in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities began in 2005. She has extensive experience in residential and day program settings, case management, and adapted physical activities.

Betty Geer,
 DNP, RN, CPNP became Research Center Director for The Resource Exchange in Colorado Springs in September 2016. Her background includes more than 30 years cumulative experience in a broad range of fields, including public health research, nursing, graphic design, economic development, and architecture. She holds five degrees from the University of Colorado: Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Architecture, and Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Geer also completed a Postdoctoral LEND Fellowship at JFK Partners at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She is currently PI for the Care Integration and Quality of Life study, the research portion of the collaborative project entitled Health Coordination for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

Brystal Karber, BA is a Care Integration Specialist with The Resource Exchange at the Developmental Disabilities Health Center. She began working in case management in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities in 2014, in rural Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, and will complete her Masters in Communication in May of 2019.