Ellen Bannister, MA
Academic Programs Coordinator/ Family Caregiver
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Center for Learning and Leadership
Ellen Bannister, MA, is the mother of two children with intellectual/ developmental disabilities (I/DD). She is Academic Programs Coordinator of the Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL). Her life experience of caring for her own children has inspired her work to improve access to high-quality health care for people with I/DD. Ellen is a member of the OUHSC Interprofessional Educators and Practitioners Association (IEPA). She is on the board of the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, a national coalition of health care education faculty and other stakeholders.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Poster Description: Background: Adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) are a significantly underserved population in terms of health care. People with I/DD experience consequences from the lack of preparation most health profession students have in working with people with these disabilities. People with I/DD frequently have adverse experiences in medical settings and many practicing care providers lack confidence in treating people with I/DD. At the same time, many family members are involved in providing care for people with I/DD throughout the lifespan. Family…