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Health Care Advocacy

2024 Webinar Series

The Health Care Advocacy Program is pleased to announce the 2024 webinar series:

“Back to Basics” - Healthcare 101 for Individuals with IDD

This 4-part webinar series will provide an overview of healthcare for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with topics that include accessing preventive care, treatment options, visiting providers, oral health and dental care, dual diagnosis co-occurring mental health problems in individuals with IDD, and care for aging individuals.

Please join us on four Tuesdays - March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, and June 25th from 12:00pm - 1:30pm for each installment in this exciting new series.

Webinar #1

An Overview of Health Care, Provider Engagement, and Preventive Services

This webinar included an overview of health care for individuals with IDD, evaluation and treatment, speaking with providers, being prepared for health visits, and the importance of regular preventive screenings and checkups.


John Nevins, D.O., FAAFP

Medical Director

Overlook Family Medicine Residency/Chatham Family Medicine

Overlook Medical Center


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Webinar #2

Oral Health and Dental Care

This webinar covered the importance of oral health and dental hygiene for individuals with IDD, including difficulties with finding providers, a need for specialized treatment and services, higher rates of poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease, and the importance of proper dental hygiene and scheduled tooth cleanings.


Evan Spivack, DDS

Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

Special Care Treatment Center

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Webinar #3

Dual Diagnosis: Co-occurring IDD and Mental Health Issues

For individuals who face mental health and/or behavioral challenges, this presentation will include diagnosis and treatment, best practices for positive intervention and behavior change, and a discussion of mental health in relation to physical, emotional, and behavioral health.


Lucille Esralew, PhD, NADD-CC

Senior Psychologist Supervisor and Clinical Lead

California Department of Developmental Services

Co-Chair, NTG Advisory Body, Applied Research and Clinical Health (ARCH)


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Webinar #4

Aging Individuals with IDD and Quality of Life into Old Age

A presentation on the challenges of aging individuals, including issues with nursing homes and institutionalization compared to keeping individuals in their homes and the community, how the healthcare system may need to better accommodate this population, and health risks, such as early onset dementia and Alzheimer's disease.


Seth Keller, MD, FAAN

Neurology Associates of South Jersey

Past President AADMD

Co-President NTG

Past Chair Adult IDD Section AAN


Tuesday, June 25, 2024

12:00pm - 1:30pm