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Spring 2013

Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Trainees Graduate

Three long-term Trainees graduated from The Boggs Center's Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program.  Naomie Chandler, a MSW student in the Nonprofit and Public Management Program at Rutgers University School of Social Work, completed her field education placement at The Boggs Center. She was supervised by Robyn Carroll, MSW, Communications Manager. Susan Ellien, a MSW student in the Nonprofit and Public Management Program at Rutgers University School of Social Work, completed her field education placement at The Boggs Center. Susan was supervised by Kathy Roberson, MSW, Policy and Information Coordinator. Eric Hedges, a joint MDiv and MSW student in the Nonprofit and Public Management Program at Rutgers University School of Social Work, completed his field education placement at The Boggs Center and was supervised by Michael Knox, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Deputy Director.

Three intermediate Trainees graduated from The Boggs Center's Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program, Anupali Bewtra, Malgorzata Gagala, and Alexa Stepien, undergraduate students at Rutgers University. The Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program is coordinated by Caroline Coffield, PhD, Instructor of Pediatrics and Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator.

Clinical Pastoral Education Program Students Graduate

Three students graduated from the 2012-2013 Clinical Pastoral Education Program, directed by Rev. Bill Gaventa, MDiv, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Community and Congregational Supports.

The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is a training program initiated by The Boggs Center in collaboration with community agencies in New Jersey.

This year’s students included: Martha Day, Dewi Panagaribuan, MA, and Norma Fair-Brown, PhD.

 

 

The Boggs Center Awarded Grant to Work on Issues Related to the Transition to Adult Healthcare for People with Developmental Disabilities

The Special Hope Foundation has awarded the Foundation for Healthcare Advancement a one year grant for a project proposed by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. The Boggs Center will use the funding to convene The NJ Developmental Disabilities Transition to Adult Healthcare Forum. The forum will bring together stakeholders from across New Jersey to focus on building the capacity of the adult health care system to support the transition of youth and young adults with developmental disabilities to age and developmentally appropriate health care. This project shifts the paradigm in transition from pediatrics being ready to “send” patients, to readying the adult health care system to “receive” patients. The outcome of this planning will be the development and dissemination of an “Action Blueprint for Transition to Adult Health Care” for New Jersey, an important clinical and policy tool in making the adult health care system responsive to adults with developmental disabilities.

The Forum planning process is unique in bringing together diverse stakeholders representing all levels of the adult health care system: individual patients and families, primary and specialty practitioners, MCOs and providers, Medicaid as a payer, and state agencies as regulators and providers, in concert with the medical education system and advocates, to focus on transition and adult health care for people with developmental disabilities. The Forum brings together those who have or can identify needs, with payers and providers who can innovate and redesign practice.

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director of The Boggs Center will serve as principal investigator and co-chair of the Forum. Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, will serve as co-chair of the Forum. Caroline Coffield, PhD, Instructor of Pediatrics and Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator at The Boggs Center will serve as project coordinator.

The Boggs Center Featured in Documentary about Healthcare Needs of People with Developmental Disabilities

Airs Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 pm on WHYY Public Television (the Philadelphia PBS station available in southern and parts of central NJ) and NJTV Sunday, May 12 at 1:00 pm

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and its collaborative programs with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Department of Pediatrics are featured in an episode of HealthBeat with Sara Lee Kessler airing on WHYY and NJTV. The episode about health care needs of people with developmental disabilities profiles The Boggs Center’s unique training programs for medical students in the pediatrics rotation and family medicine residents, which focus on developmental disabilities, family-centered care, and treating all patients with dignity.

More than five million Americans are living with developmental disabilities, including approximately 120,000 people in New Jersey. They need quality health care, not just for their disabilities, but for other health issues that often arise when they reach adulthood. Unfortunately, not enough community physicians have the expertise to provide either comprehensive care or a continuum of care to adults with developmental disabilities.

At Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, and Matthew Mitschele, MD, Resident Physician, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, were filmed providing healthcare to three patients at Family Medicine at Monument Square. Interviews with Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director of The Boggs Center, and Dolores Matlock, LPN, Primary Care Manager, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, were also filmed. The Department of Pediatrics Seminar on Developmental Disabilities and Family Centered Care for 3rd year medical students, including a visit to a family’s home, was also filmed. The Seminar was taught by Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD and Sheryl White-Scott, MD, along with parent educator Kathy Gabry and her son Jon.

Later in the documentary, host Sara Lee Kessler speaks with a panel of experts in an in-studio discussion about important issues surrounding medical care for individuals with developmental disabilities. The panelists are Dr. Ted Feigelman, Director of the Developmental Disabilities Center at Atlantic Health in New Jersey, Beverly Roberts, Director of Mainstreaming Medical Care at The Arc of New Jersey, and Colleen Roche, a community activist who has cerebral palsy.

This episode of HealthBeat with Sara Lee Kessler was made possible through funding by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. Additional funding provided by Global Underwriters Agency.

 

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