RIIC Annual Report; new staff join RTC:Rural
#RuralDisability | January 31, 2019
#RuralDisability. An eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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RTC:Rural produces fact sheet on employment disparity

In December 2018 the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2013-2017 American Community Survey summary data. In the recently released fact sheet “Employment disparity grows for rural Americans with disability,” RTC:Rural researchers used this data to begin exploring how employment rates have changed for people with disabilities in the context of changing economic conditions.

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Health My Way app in pilot phase

For people with disabilities in rural communities, it can be hard to access health care. Self-management health practices could help reduce the need for acute-care medical services for those in rural areas.

To address this, researchers at RTC:Rural have developed a health promotion app called Health My Way. The app is in pilot phase, and will be developed for broader adoption. It allows users to explore topics such as Disability Identity, Goal Setting, Healthy Relationships, and Eating Well. Users are matched with a health coach to review the content of the program and provide accountability and support.

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RTC:Rural research in Rural Insitute Annual Report

RTC:Rural conducts research as part of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

Click on the button below to view the Rural Institute FY2018 Annual Report and learn more:

Kaitlin Fertaly and Meredith Repke

Welcome new staff!

New Year, new beginnings! Two new research associates, Kaitlin Fertaly and Meredith Repke, have joined us in the last few months, and we’re excited to welcome them to the team!

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RTC:Rural. Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities.

The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) conducts research on disability as part of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana.

RTC:Rural is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant No. 90RT5025 to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.