Bass tours health center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Congresswoman Karen Bass recently attended an event held by the Achievable Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Congresswoman Karen Bass met with constituents at the Achievable Health Center (photo courtesy of Photography by Bailey)
The foundation offers specialized support and healthcare services. Bass and Dr. Clarissa Kripke, a clinical professor of family and community medicine at University of California, San Francisco, participated in the foundation’s “Summer Speaker” program.
Bass toured the foundation’s Achievable Health Center, located at 5901 Green Valley Circle in Culver City. The facility is one of the state’s 21 regional centers and is a model for community health centers focusing on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“Too often the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are overlooked in traditional health care settings,” Bass said. “I appreciate that the Achievable Health Center works to treat the ‘entire patient,’ not just the disability.”
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, often experience higher rates of poverty than general population. They also experience disproportionately higher incidence of chronic health conditions.