Healthcare & Academic Institutions

Creating a clear path for healthcare to meet the diverse needs of our underserved population.

Addressing a critical need.

A lack of focus on adults with autism and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities (A/I/DD) persists in healthcare education and training. To address this alarming reality, the First Place Global Leadership Institute is developing strategic partnerships with leading healthcare organizations, universities and medical schools. Future medical professionals are benefiting from hands-on, on-site learning about the complex lives of adults with A/I/DD, guiding and empowering the medical community to provide them with higher quality care.

Creighton University

Creighton University’s Health Sciences Campus is just three blocks from First Place–Phoenix. More than neighbors, we’re allies on a mission to align efforts to bridge the healthcare gap that threatens the future of so many young adults with A/I/DD.

Engaging years 1–4 medical students.
Service learning programs for mission outreach selectives and the Global Leadership Institute’s “Minding the Gap” elective. These unique programs enable medical students to work one-on-one with First Place–Phoenix residents in an informative, holistic manner. The courses build competence, confidence and a whole-person perspective that benefits residents and medical students alike as they partner to set goals for greater lifestyle and healthcare independence.

Arizona State University

Together with ASU’s College Research and Evaluation Services Team and College of Health Solutions, First Place is implementing studies to support critical education initiatives. These include the First Place Transition Academy’s longitudinal study, along with the Global Leadership Institute’s translational research and supportive amenities stipend.

Other Collaborations

These organizations are helping First Place accomplish its goal of increasing access to quality healthcare by building a supportive, responsive medical culture throughout the community.