CCS research project selected by American Public Health Association

A research project involving VBSR member Champlain Community Services (CCS) has been selected for presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Boston in November.

CCS partnered with medical students from the Larner College of Medicine at UVM on a semester-long research study through the Public Health Partnership (PHP) program.  The project examined “Understanding communication experiences of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities in healthcare settings”

The study concluded, in part, “Despite high levels of provider experience, communication in the healthcare setting remains challenging for individuals with IDD. Areas for improvement include targeted interventions such as personalized communication tools and patient-centered approaches. HCPs must address these factors to improve quality of care for individuals with IDD.”

The APHA  selected the project’s final abstract and poster from among many submissions for presentation at its event.

CCS Development Coordinator Mike Reilly served as Community Mentor, and Dr. Stephen Everse of the Larner College of Medicine as Faculty Mentor, on a team that included first-year medical students Ashwini Sarathy, Ty Bever, Richard Q. Vuong, Aathmika Krishnan, Olivia Domingue, Rachel Thompson, Charlotte Evans, and Michael H. Le.

Champlain Community Services is a developmental services and health care provider offering highly personalized and carefully coordinated supports to Vermonters with intellectual disabilities and autism. Specializing in employment and career development, CCS also provides  supports at home, at school, and in the community.


Photo Caption: First-year medical students Olivia Domingue and Aathmika Krishnan at a June poster presentation at The Larner College of Medicine at UVM.