How Inclusive Healthcare Practices for People with IDD can Save Lives


Unconscious bias can lead to poor healthcare experiences for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and can contribute to worse sepsis outcomes, including death. In fact, sepsis is among the top five causes of preventable death among people with IDD in the United States. In this session, learners will review healthcare barriers, including unconscious bias, commonly experienced by people with IDD and discuss how these barriers contribute to preventable deaths from conditions like sepsis. Learners will then discover inclusive healthcare practices and policies that can help to eliminate these health disparities, produce better health outcomes, create better patient and provider healthcare experiences, and decrease preventable deaths from conditions like sepsis.

This session was originally recorded in September 2022 as part of Sepsis Alliance Summit 2022.

Target Audience

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify common healthcare barriers experienced by people with IDD;
  • Know the top five causes of preventable deaths for people with IDD, known as the “Fatal Five”;
  • Develop skills to provide people with IDD with inclusive healthcare and inclusive sepsis care.
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Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH

Chief Health Officer, Special Olympics Inc.

Alicia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH, serves as the Chief Health Officer of Special Olympics Inc., providing strategic oversight of health activities around the world to ensure health services, health professional training programs, and health policies are inclusive and centered around people with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Bazzano has overseen the growth of Special Olympics Health through the expansion of Healthy Communities to 75 countries and 45 states, focusing on lifespan health beginning with early intervention, and modernizing the Healthy Athletes Screening Program.

Dr. Bazzano is a pediatrician and public health executive who has dedicated her career to improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities. Prior to joining Special Olympics in 2019, she previously served as Senior Medical Director for Health Policy at Acumen, LLC and as Chief Physician at the Westside Regional Center in Los Angeles, which provides care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Bazzano was the founding Co-Chief Medical Officer of the Achievable Health Center, a first-of-its-kind federally qualified health center dedicated to developmental disabilities. Dr. Bazzano was a faculty member of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and she previously served as Clinical Director for Health Promotion at Special Olympics Healthy Athletes in Southern California.

Dr. Bazzano completed her medical education and pediatric residency at UCLA and was a Robert Wood Johnson UCLA Clinical Scholar. She also completed her master's degree in Public Health and her doctorate degree in Health Policy and Management at UCLA.

No continuing education credits are offered for this session.

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