Promoting intersectoral collaboration to support adults with IDD who are frail in the community

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On November 19, 2019 Drs’ Lynn Martin, Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz and research assistant, Tori Barbarash presented this interactive webinar where they discussed frailty among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), principles and recommendations to guide action on frailty as well as key elements of effective intersectoral collaboration in the context of supporting adults with IDD who are frail.


Dr. Lynn Martin is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. She is an Associate Fellow of interRAI, an international consortium of researchers aiming to improve the quality of life of vulnerable persons through use of a comprehensive integrated assessment system, and a member of its International Network of Excellence in Mental Health. Dr. Martin co-led the development of the interRAI Intellectual Disability (ID) assessment instrument, which has been mandated for use by governments in several jurisdictions worldwide.


Dr. Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University. She is also appointed to a community-based agency for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southeastern Ontario (Ongwanada) where she works as an epidemiologist. She obtained her BSc in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University, MSc in Epidemiology from Queen’s University, and PhD in Human Geography also from Queen’s University. Dr. Ouellette-Kuntz’s research involves working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members, service providers, and policy makers, and has included analyses of administrative datasets in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario.