David Ervin’s Vision for Health Equity and Accessible Services

In this enlightening episode of IDD Health Matters, host Dr. Craig Escude welcomes David Ervin, a seasoned expert in the field of supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). With a career sparked by a pragmatic need that turned into a lifelong passion, Ervin shares his journey from a direct support professional to becoming the CEO of a community-based organization in Rockville, Maryland, named Mome. This episode delves into the critical importance of health equity, wellness, and the development of health care systems tailored to the unique needs of the IDD community.

David Ervin discusses the challenges and triumphs of creating multidisciplinary clinics and healthcare collaboratives aimed at providing culturally competent and accessible care to individuals with IDD. He emphasizes the transformative impact of such specialized care on the quality of life and health outcomes for this population. The conversation also explores the potential of Medicaid Managed Care models to revolutionize care by integrating acute medical services, long-term supports, and a holistic approach to wellness.

Listeners will be inspired by Ervin’s vision for a future where health care systems are inclusive, equitable, and capable of meeting the diverse needs of all individuals, especially those with IDD. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in health equity, the power of community-based solutions, and the ongoing efforts to ensure that individuals with IDD can access the high-quality care they deserve.

Tune in to IDD Health Matters for a deep dive into how health, wellness, and equity intersect in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, featuring insights from one of the field’s most passionate advocates, David Ervin.


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