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RRTC Partners

Learn about the RRTC: Health & Wellness' new partnering institutions. To read about specific staff members, click the Staff link to the left.

OHSU is the headquarters for the RRTC: Health & Wellness. As part of its multifaceted public mission, OHSU strives for excellence in scholarship, research, clinical practice and community service. With integrity, compassion and leadership, OHSU strives to educate tomorrow's health and high-technology professionals, scientists, environmental engineers and managers for leadership in their fields; provide high-quality health care emphasizing the development and dissemination of new knowledge and cutting-edge technology; explore new basic and applied research frontiers in health and biomedical sciences, environmental engineering, computation, and computer sciences; and improve access to health care and education through community service and outreach to Oregon's underserved populations.


The Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) is a research center that focuses on issues related to health, aging, civil rights, abuse, and independent living. CROWD's purpose is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to expand the life choices of women with disabilities so that they may fully participate in community life. More specifically, researchers develop and evaluate models for interventions to address specific problems effecting women with disabilities.

CareOregon is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving and protecting the health of low income and vulnerable Oregonians. Committed to providing access to high quality, cost-effective and culturally competent care for its members and supporting the clinicians who care for them, CareOregon is a leader in creating a health care delivery system that assures access to quality health services for all in need of care.

The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve the utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field. It is a program of , a nationally recognized medical rehabilitation facility for persons with disabilities.


The College of Health and Human Sciences advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the lives, health, and environments of individuals, families and communities in Oregon and beyond. The College achieves this mission through:

  • Exemplary undergraduate and graduate education that prepares globally minded professionals to meet current and future challenges and opportunities.
  • Strong, creative disciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarship that addresses vital issues affecting health, development, and quality of life across the lifespan.
  • Effective extension service programs, continuing education, and outreach initiatives that extend knowledge and scholarship across and beyond the campus.


The Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy at the University of Florida conducts research that achieves national peer recognition for its contribution to creating new knowledge and for its value in informing health services practice and policy. Staff serve as active participants and leaders in professional and health services communities.


Disability and Human Development is dedicated to the scholarly, interdisciplinary study of disability and related aspects of human development. It critically examines current and prospective disability policies, conceptual models, and intervention strategies in terms of their historical development and their present merits.


This group conducts applied behavioral community research on socially significant issues that people with disabilities face in their daily lives. The team develops and evaluates interventions that address person-environment factors which affect the health and independence of people with disabilities. Research topics consist of: a) helping people with physical disabilities to increase physical activity; b) developing and testing intervention strategies to reduce or prevent secondary conditions for people with physical disabilities; c) developing and analyzing strategies to help people with disabilities to increase their participation in their community and other social environments; and d) examining person-environment factors that affect survival of people with disabilities in disasters.


Rural Americans with disabilities and those who serve them experience problems with access to transportation and housing, employment and self-employment, independent living services, health and wellness facilities, and inclusion in community planning and activities.  The RTC's goal is to use scientific methods to develop solutions to these wide-ranging problems. Through the exploration of issues important to the 12.5 million rural Americans with disabilities and those who serve them, RTC Rural develops innovative solutions to the difficulties encountered by people with disabilities in accessing telecommunications, becoming effective self-advocates and active community leaders, and in living independent, healthy lives.


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