T1 - State of the Science Conference
In the year 2007, RRTC staff and partners will plan and conduct
a national Health and Wellness Science Conference. The conference
will afford the opportunity for face-to-face dialogue to identify
and share state-of-the-art knowledge about health and wellness
for persons with disabilities, and will serve as a venue to outline
a research agenda for the future. Planned and conducted in collaboration
with one or more RRTC or grantee,
we anticipate inviting 200 key participants. The two-day conference
will feature presentations on the Center's research results and
discussion of its findings.
Outcomes: 1) Increased knowledge and awareness of barriers and
access strategies to routine health care, evidence-based health
promotion programs, and standard health status measurement tools;
2) Increased capacity to conduct research.
Target Audience: Persons with disabilities, public health practitioners,
disability researchers, service providers and healthcare professionals,
federal agency representatives and other funders.
Outputs: 200 Science Conference participants, Science Conference
Proceedings, and extensive website.
Venue: National conference held in the Washington D.C. area, web
1. Plan for the conference: Center staff
will recruit partners for co-sponsorship (Yr 1); select the science
dates and confirm the location (Yr 2); draft a plan for conference
theme, topics, schedules, speakers (Yr 3); select, invite and
confirm the participation of distinguished guests (Yr 3); select,
and confirm the commissioned papers and keynote presenters
(Yr 3); develop and disseminate conference announcement (Yr 2,
process conference registrations and arrange for accommodations
(Yr 3); assist guests with conference arrangements (Yr 3);
prepare materials in alternative formats (Yr 3) and prepare evaluation
2. Conduct the conference: Center staff will work with the host
hotel staff in advance to ensure that accessibility and AV needs
of all presenters and participants are anticipated and addressed.
Center staff will chair sessions as well as present; and provide
for all necessary facilitation and logistical support (Yr 3).
3. Evaluate the conference: Center staff will collect evaluations
of the conference and materials at the time of the conference
and at 6 months post-conference for participants, and ongoing
users of the online research briefs. These measures will assess
the utility of the conference and the conference materials and
measure outcomes in knowledge, awareness, and potential behavior
or system change as a result of the conference (Yr 3, 4).
4. Prepare and disseminate the proceedings: Center staff will
compile and summarize the findings and recommendations (Yr 3);
presenters and selected respondents for comment and revision
(Yr 3); compile papers, findings and recommendations into proceedings
(Yr 4); develop a brief report on conference proceedings (Yr
and disseminate proceedings through a national publisher (Yr
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