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RRTC: Health & Wellness Consortium ENews Update, January 2005


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

New Funding

A new round for the RRTC: Health & Wellness The RRTC: Health & Wellness was funded for a second cycle of 2004-2009 by the (NIDRR). A rich group of projects have been planned for this round to address the three priorities identified by our funding agency:

  1. Identify strategies to overcome barriers that impede access to routine healthcare for individuals with disabilities.

  2. Identify interventions in areas such as exercise, nutrition, pain management, or complementary and alternative therapies that promote health and wellness and minimize the occurrence of secondary conditions for parsons with disabilities.

  3. Develop improved status measurement tool(s) to assess the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities regardless of functional ability.

Welcome to a New Staff Member

The RRTC would like to welcome a new staff member. Susan Wingenfeld, our new Administrative Assistant, comes to us from the at , where she worked for four years on research papers, journal articles and drug class reviews. She will be using her citation database management expertise, her research and manuscript preparation skills and administrative experience at the RRTC. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from in New York, NY.


HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTS - Overview of the new RRTC

The RRTC: Health & Wellness has designed three inter-related strands to address the three priorities identified by NIDRR. Each strand consists of two to three research projects. The projects within Strand One will summarize and validate existing research findings on barriers to health care access as well as rigorously test and compare new strategies to overcoming identified barriers. The Health Care Access Intervention Study is the major research project of Strand One. The purpose of this study is to test methods for improving routine health care access, especially for clinical preventive services, for people living with disabilities.

The projects within Strand Two will identify interventions in areas such as exercise, nutrition, pain management, or complementary and alternative therapies that promote health and wellness and minimize the occurrence of secondary conditions for persons with disabilities. A panel of health promotion and disability experts will convene to develop criteria for evaluating health promotion intervention programs for people with disabilities. These criteria then will be used to evaluate existing health promotion programs and the results will be disseminated.

In Strand Three, the Center will organize and use an expert panel to review current health status measurement tool(s) used to assess the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities. The panel will also provide guidance on the development of a new tool or tools, which will be tested and evaluated. The RRTC: Health & Wellness will also serve as a national resource for knowledge, technical assistance and training related to promoting the health and wellness of persons with long-term disabilities. Throughout these activities the Center will disseminate information materials and provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, their representatives, providers, and other interested parties.


MEET THE RRTC: Health & Wellness Staff

Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH: Director/ Principal Investigator

Charles Drum, JD, PhD: Co-Director/ Co-Principal Investigator

David Buckley, MD: Health Care Research Scientist,

Willi Horner Johnson, PhD: Research Scientist,

Richard Appleyard, PhD: Director of ,

Laura Hammond, MPH, CHES: Center Coordinator

Health & Wellness Partners

Charles Davis, MSW: Coordinator, ,

June Isaacson Kailes, MSW, LCSW: Disability Consultant and Trainer, ,

David Labby, MD, PhD: Director,

Health Promotion Intervention Expert Panel Members

Tamar Heller, PhD: Director of ,

Jeff McCubbin, PhD: Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, ,

James H. Rimmer, PhD: Professor, ,

Tom Seekins, PhD: Director, ,

Glen W. White, PhD: Director, ,

Health Status Measurement Expert Panel

Elena Andresen, PhD: Associate Professor of Public Health,

Vincent A. Campbell, PhD: ,

Bradley J. Cardinal, PhD: Assistant Professor, ,

Glenn Fujiura, PhD: Director/Professor, ,

Margaret Nosek, PhD: Director, ,


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