RTC:Rural gives thanks for our research and community partners, sustained funding, data!
#RuralDisability | November 27, 2018
#RuralDisabililty. An eNewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communitites
APRIL Members Input Survey Summarized Results cover. Links to PDF and text-only in blog post.

APRIL members share input

At this year’s APRIL conference, RTC:Rural asked APRIL members to share their thoughts and ideas about what work is most important for rural Independent Living and research. The APRIL Members Input Survey Summarized Results shares what APRIL members had to say about:

  • Partnering with other organizations
  • How Centers for Independent Living can more effectively work with rural hospitals
  • Transportation options in rural communities
  • Personal Assistance Services in rural areas
  • Top advocacy focuses
APHA 2018 annual meeting logo

Promoting health and well-being in rural communities: RTC:Rural presents at APHA

RTC:Rural recently traveled to San Diego, CA for the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. The conference theme was “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.”

“Attending APHA gives us a chance to learn from our colleagues at other organizations whom we may not interact with on a regular basis. This is critical for understanding the state of the science and positioning ourselves to be leaders in our field and to better serve people with disabilities,” shared RTC:Rural Project Director Andrew Myers.

DiverseU presentation panel

Presentation shares research and lived experiences on housing issues

RTC:Rural project directors Lillie Greiman and Andrew Myers, along with community partners Bronwyn Troutman, Community Living Specialist, and Bonnie Kelly, Peer Advocate, from Summit Independent Living Center in Missoula co-presented a panel at the University of Montana as part of the DiverseU symposium. Their presentation was titled “Disability and the Socio-Political Environment.”

Dr. Ben Cerf

Restricted federal data holds value for rural research

On October 17, Dr. Benjamin Cerf, a Census Bureau research economist, gave presentations on restricted business, demographic, and health data that can only be viewed at Federal Statistical Research Data Centers. Dr. Cerf was invited to the University of Montana by Dr. Christiane von Reichert, a professor of Geography at UM and an RTC:Rural research partner who is working with Dr. Cerf on a proposal to access restricted census data so she can further her research on disability at the household level.

Dishes of food on a table.

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.