The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities creates evidence-based products to advance the ability of people with disabilities to live independently in the community. This developmental project will develop two multi-media products that community-based agencies can use to deliver state-of-the-art health promotion services to people with disabilities living in the community. These products will help to improve the health of people with disabilities by increasing accessibility to evidence-based health promotion curricula that has been shown to be cost-effective for reducing limitation due to secondary conditions. The first product, Multi-Media Living Well with a Disability (MMLWD) will be based on the 4th edition of our Living Well with a Disability curriculum that we have developed and implemented over the past 25 years. The second product, Motivation for Self-Management will be a new multi-media health promotion module based on Self-Determination Theory that increases consumer motivation and confidence for engaging in self-management. While this project is not solely focused on rural populations, we are partnering with a long-term collaborator the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) who has recruited eight Centers for Independent Living to participate on one of two development teams. These centers are located in urban areas across the country but also provide services to rural areas using satellite offices (e.g., Atlanta, Los Angeles and Houston). These development teams will work in parallel to develop each multi-media curriculum using an Iterative Participatory Curriculum Development (IPCD) procedure. The use of IPCD in curriculum development helps ensure that the final products of this development project will be relevant, useful and will contribute to the wellbeing of people with disabilities. Finally, the two curricula will be rigorously evaluated through implementation and data collection by staff from the eight CILs. Knowledge translation activities include new training and technical assistance procedures that, along with outcome results, will be widely disseminated to a variety of community based programs (e.g., Aging and Disability Research Centers) and health promotion researchers.
- Project dates: 2015-2019
- Funded by: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Grant No. 90DP0073
- Principal staff: Craig Ravesloot, PhD., Tannis Hargrove, Tracy Boehm, Mary Olson, Naomi Kimbell
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