October 2, 2018

Rural Institute shares knowledge on disability as part of UM public health graduate seminar

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Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) staff, students, and community partners will be participating in a series of presentations at the University of Montana as part of the School of Public & Community Health Sciences seminar program for students, staff and faculty. The 16 week graduate seminar is part of UM’s Public Health doctoral program aimed to educate and equip students with the skills and expertise to improve public health at the community level and around the world.

The three RIIC presentations are:

October 4, 2018—Health Care Transitions for Youth/Young Adults with Disabilities

Kim Brown (BSW, MSW, RSW), Montana Transition Resources Project Director at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

Brown’s presentation will provide an overview of healthcare transition for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and/or with disabilities moving from pediatric to adult care. She will introduce seminar attendees to the resources available through Got Transition and Center for Health Care Transition Improvement, which is a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. Brown will discuss the importance of starting transition planning and preparation early, and will address “least restrictive support options,” which includes introducing the Alternatives to Guardianship Toolkit.

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October 18, 2018—Walkable communities for all: Using inclusive, interdisciplinary walk audit workshops to achieve health equity

Meg Ann Traci (Ph.D.), Research Associate Professor and Director of the Montana Disability and Health Program and Travis Hoffman, Advocacy Coordinator at Summit Independent Living Center

Their presentation will describe how walking audits serve as community development tools that bring together an interdisciplinary team of public health officials, city planners, engineers, and disability experts to identify and address the barriers in the built environment that inhibit participation of people with disabilities.

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November 8, 2018—Geographic Methods for Application in Public Health

Kourtney Johnson, RTC:Rural Graduate Research Assistant and University of Montana geography graduate student

The study of Geography is an interdisciplinary field that addresses questions in both human society and the physical environment. Due to the flexibility of the field, geographic methods can be powerful tools when applied to the field of public health. In this talk, Johnson will briefly discuss the wide applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing to the field of public health. To illustrate the value of such methods in public health she will discuss a project currently underway at RTC:Rural. This research uses geographic network analysis to gain better understanding of access to Centers for Independent Living (CILs), by identifying geographic patterns and barriers to access, which can then help inform future program and policy decision making.

For more information about RTC:Rural’s Geography research, see the Geography and Rural Disability project page.