Broadcast date: Monday, August 29, 2022
People with disabilities faced greater challenges and difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.
Report – “Barriers to health care for people with COVID-19 disabilities – This is the first part of a multi-year effort to improve health equity funded by CDC’s COVID-19 Health Disparities Grant. ”
The ARC of Pennsylvania serves and advocates for Pennsylvanians living with disabilities.
every monday smart talkArc Executive Director Sherri Landis noted that many people with disabilities have been forgotten during the pandemic, and Emma Nolan, Manager of Health Initiatives at Arc, gave some examples. Prioritize vaccination. With stairs and no ramps, it is impossible to reach the exam center with a physical disability. I also had the problem of not being able to access it. For anxiety and sensory issues. And there were also many barriers related to access to information. Much medical information was not presented in plain language or multilingual resources. Braille could not be tested with home test kits, creating a significant barrier for people with all types of disabilities across platforms. ”
Both Landis and Nolan said people living with disabilities in rural areas and those belonging to racial and ethnic minority groups were hit particularly hard during the pandemic. I’m here.
Nolan listed some changes he hopes will come out of the report before another health emergency strikes,” he said in an initial initial conversation with participants and with the task force. About 400 different solutions were brainstormed in the first conversation alone. And from there, we were able to narrow down the top three policy solutions to ensure that people with disabilities are designated as a vulnerable population. to a population that is not The second was to ensure oversight at the healthcare community and policy level. A Disability Officer has been placed in the Ministry of Health to ensure that people with disabilities have a voice at all levels. And her third, which is getting a lot of attention, is her education and training solutions. Ensure that medical professionals and healthcare students, including medical students, nursing students, and physician assistants, are trained. How to work with patients who have intellectual developmental or physical disabilities. Just make sure they have the knowledge and experience and are comfortable enough to welcome all types of patients into the clinic. ”
“I think we’re going to have to change the policy,” Landis said. It will be about change and education of healthcare providers.”