Transportation Research to Improve Employment Access for People with Disabilities Funding Opportunity
Four new grant opportunities from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL have been announced under the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects Program (DRRP) in two areas: Employment of People with Disabilities and Health & Function. DRRP conducts research, demonstration, training, and related activities to develop methods and technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities into society through employment. The grant opportunities close on April 23, 2018.
- DRRP Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (Research) -- Under this grant, applicants must propose a research project aimed at improving the employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities. A grantee must identify one or more hypotheses or research questions and perform an intensive, systematic study directed toward producing: (1) new or full scientific knowledge, or (2) understanding of the subject or problem studied.
- DRRP Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (Development) -- Under this grant, applicants must propose a development project that is aimed at improving the employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities. A grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, or methods, including design and development of prototypes and processes.
- DRRP Health & Function (Research) -- Under this grant, applicants must propose a research project aimed at improving health and function outcomes of individuals with disabilities. A grantee must identify one or more hypotheses or research questions and perform an intensive, systematic study directed toward producing: (1) new or full scientific knowledge, or (2) understanding of the subject or problem studied.
- DRRP Health & Function (Development) -- Under this grant, applicants must propose a development project that is aimed at improving the health and function of individuals with disabilities. A grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, or methods, including design and development of prototypes and processes.
Addressing Transportation Barriers to Health Care: 2018 Webinar Series
Health Outreach Partners (HOP) will host a three-part Transportation Webinar Series on innovative efforts to overcome transportation barriers to healthcare. Each webinar will focus on a topic related to transportation presented by expert panelists. A week following each webinar, HOP will host "office hour" webinars with the subject matter experts answering questions from participants and offer more in-depth information on how the webinar presentation relates to the participants' programs.
Webinar #1: The Need for Research and Data to Address Transportation Barriers, 2-3 p.m. ET Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Transportation barriers to care are an ongoing issue of concern for health centers, hospitals, and other health organizations and networks. Lack of transportation can impact the continuity of care and cause missed appointments, as well as increase emergency room visits and poorer health outcomes. To understand the scope of the problem and find solutions, collecting and tracking data on transportation barriers is needed at the organizational, state, and national level. Kevin Kenzenkovic from Generations Family Health Center will share the process of designing and implementing a transportation survey of the primarily rural population in Eastern Connecticut. Mary K. Comtois and Kelly Dixon from Go Buffalo Mom will provide an overview of the findings from researching the needs of pregnant women in Buffalo, New York, and calculating the potential financial impact of their project. The resulting transportation program, Go Buffalo Mom, was created to provide personalized support and financial education to low-income pregnant women.
Webinar #2: The Role of Ride Sharing Services in Addressing Transportation Barriers, 2-3 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Office Hours: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Webinar #3: Addressing the Transportation Needs of the Elderly Population, 2-3 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Office Hours: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
- On July 16-17, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) will host the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C. Recognizing that older adults are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population -- by 2060, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. residents will be over the age of 65 -- now is the time to examine the critical factors that contribute to healthy aging and empower the next generation of older adults. The summit will focus on keeping Americans healthy as they transition into older adulthood and maximizing the health of all older adults through prevention strategies like encouraging healthy lifestyles, improving access to preventive services, and more. The summit will highlight interventions, services, supports, and strategies that optimize health and prevent, avert or delay entry into the healthcare system. The 2018 Healthy Aging Summit seeks broad participation by subject matter experts from diverse disciplines, provider types, and the public-private sectors. Learn from subject matter experts first-hand what is working across important areas such as healthcare, transportation, built environment, housing, law and policy, and faith-based partnerships. Abstract submissions are due on February 5, 2018.
- With the help of the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), three CCAM listening sessions were held to share the framework of the CCAM Strategic Plan. On June 7, 2017, the CCAM working groups held a webinar that featured innovations from the field. These events are posted on the CCAM website.
- In 2018, the CCAM will hold eight state, local and industry focus groups to vet and enhance recommendations with CCAM stakeholders to provide information, solicit input and make decisions. To stay on top of current activities, subscribe to receive CCAM email notifications (enter email address and select "CCAM/Rides to Wellness").
- CCAM agency staff are interested in real-life examples of transportation coordination efforts, including challenges and barriers. Provide feedback or contact FTA representative Danielle Nelson, (202) 366-2160.
Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018