The intellectual and developmental disabled (I/DD) population is exposed to barriers that prevent access to quality healthcare. One of the main barriers is lack of training among primary care providers to treat the I/DD population. Because this population requires further devotion when addressing personal health needs, it is necessary to understand how lack of training and experience for primary care providers hinders the I/DD population’s health. Primary healthcare providers need further training to obtain skills to provide adequate access for this population to reduce health disparities. Further training such as professionally facilitated courses on disability through lectures or seminars, discipline-specific training on I/DD population aspects, and exposure to working with this population throughout students’ medical education will provide the additional experience and clinical skills needed for equity of care. As primary care providers gain these skills, they will be equipped to meet the unique health needs of people with I/DD.

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Renee Causey-Upton

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