This eNews shares research summaries from the RTC:Rural and a link to a CHRIL survey on disability and health insurance
#RuralDisability | February 23, 2018
#RuralDisability, An ENewsletter of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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Rural Disability and Solution-Focused Research

Would you like to know more about RTC:Rural's recent research results and solutions? We've produced two research summaries which provide an overview of our community-based research. Our projects integrate disability stakeholder collaboration to develop evidence-based solutions that are relevant, appropriate, and respond to the unique needs of people with disabilities living in rural communities.

Follow the link below to view accessible PDFs of the Executive Summary and the Research Summary.

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Driving Change, Changing Lives: RIIC FY2017 Annual Report features RTC:Rural research

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) at the University of Montana, RTC:Rural’s umbrella organization, recently released its Annual Report for FY 2017.

Click below to view an accessible PDF of the Annual Report on the Rural Institute website:



Participants needed: National Survey on Health Reform & Disability

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) recently launched an important survey to track health insurance and access to health care among people with disabilities. RTC:Rural is helping with recruitment to make sure rural people are represented. We know that rural Americans currently experience less access to quality health care and lower rates of health insurance coverage than their urban counterparts. Legislative changes at both federal and state levels are likely to impact these rates, particularly for rural people with disabilities. These issues are what makes participation among rural people with disabilities so important.

The CHRIL survey includes questions about demographics, employment status, health, health insurance access, coverage and out-of-pocket costs; consumer experiences using health plans to access care, and quality of life.

If you have a disability and are between the ages of 18 and 62, please help us with this important effort by following this link and completing the Survey on Health Reform and Disability.


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.