Part of the mission of the center is to provide training for various
audiences that lends to behavior, program and policy change. Our
training and information distribution activities are intended for
a number of audiences - persons with disabilities interested in
improving their own health; health care providers who provide services
to people with disabilities; policy makers who want to be informed
about pressing issues and the latest research findings in promoting
opportunities for health and wellness for persons with and without
disabilities; and researchers who are working in this area. Our
training activities occur in a face-to-face format, teleconferences
or are conducted on-line. Our information dissemination activities
use a hard copy format, on-line courses, or in person presentations.
Short descriptions of each completed project are below.
Health and Wellness Science Conference: Approximately 115 researchers,
policy makers, trainers, people living with disabilities and their
advocates convened on March 17th, 2003 to hear panels of experts
in the fields of research, training and policy as it relates to
disability. Following each panel was a question and answer session.
On March 18th, participants broke out into two research groups,
two policy groups and one training group. Each group was charged
with discussing three pertinent issues from the previous day's panels.
Disability Studies Health and Wellness Course: The development
of a module on health promotion and disability to be included in
a disability and public health curriculum for graduate students.
UAP/MACH Interdisciplinary: A project designed to increase the
understanding and sensitivity of health care professionals to issues
of holistic wellness for teens with a disability and their families
and to increase the comfort level of health care professionals in
approaching and talking with teens about a variety of topics that
may be considered of a sensitive nature.
Tele-Empowerment Health & Wellness: A project to to provide
consumers with information by which they may increase their understanding
of and motivation to improve their quality of life.
Consumer Internet Education: A currently underway project to develop
and deliver an on-line course in which trainers on staff of centers
for independent living will be trained in setting up and conducting
a health and wellness program for their consumers.
Independent Living Center Wellness Training: A collaboration with
the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) to offer workshops
in conjunction with the NCIL annual conference. The workshops have
allowed the RRTC to reach a broad constituency within the disability
community and have also served the purpose of informing Centers
for Independent Living about the research and training work being
conducted by the RRTC on strategies to support wellness.
Graduate Leadership: A project to develop leaders in the field
of disability and health promotion, and build leadership potential
and expertise among graduate and post-graduate level health care
professionals and pre-professionals who will devote their careers
to serving the needs of persons living with disabilities and special
health needs and their families.
National Policy Forums: A series of forums to identify and consider
policy issues relevant to the health and wellness of people with
disabilities, provide a forum for dialogue and collaboration among
policy makers, researchers, policy implementers, advocates, and
health care organizations on selected issues, and ensure that the
RRTC’s work is relevant and useful to these groups.