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Resources by Topic: People with disabilities

Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation
Outlines challenges facing older people, people with disabilities, and people in areas with few mobility options. Includes a section on funding strategies for rural transit. Describes successful programs, defines mobility as a social determinant of health, and explores approaches for improvement, including new partnerships with healthcare providers and telehealth.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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2017 Transportation Trends Topic Spotlight: Rural Travel Training
Presents a report on rural travel training programs. Discusses the challenges and opportunities rural elderly and disabled people face in navigating their communities. Features several examples of programs exhibiting best practices.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Medicaid and Counties: Understanding the Program and Why It Matters to Counties
Report highlights the importance of Medicaid in county-level healthcare. Looks specifically at the role Medicaid plays is providing healthcare for children, the elderly, the disabled, and for rural residents.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Rural Long-Term Services and Supports: A Primer
Provides background information on rural long-term services and supports (LTSS), and examines rural access to and the use of LTSS. Describes LTSS as integral components of a high-performing rural health system, particularly for individuals with disabilities and/or over the age of 65. Three main sections discuss patterns of rural LTSS use, affordability and burden of LTSS, and rural LTSS models, policies, and trends.
Author(s): Andrew F. Coburn, Jennifer P. Lundblad
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Rural Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities
Policy brief discusses a study on the challenges of implementing rural transportation services and their implication on transportation policy. Analyzes infrastructure, geography, funding, accessibility, support and public awareness, and socio-demographics as barriers to rural transportation systems.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Alex Evenson, Amanda Corbett, Katy Kozhimannil, Ira Moscovice
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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National Disability Policy: A Progress Report
Reports on the state of disability policy in key areas, examining the intersection between disability and poverty. Focuses on education, employment, financial assistance and incentives, healthcare, long-term services and supports, transportation, and housing, as factors enhancing economic independence among people with disabilities. Includes sections on barriers related to finding transportation and appropriate housing in rural areas.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Disability
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Rural Transportation Best Practice: Transportation for Individuals with Chronic Care Conditions
Highlights a program called Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC), which is a transportation assistance service for individuals with chronic conditions in Big Stone Gap, VA. Details the demographics of the town, as well as the structure of the program.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries with Disabilities, by End Stage Renal Disease Status, 2014
Data highlight describing the characteristics of disabled Medicare beneficiaries by end stage renal disease (ESRD) status. Uses data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse (CCW) and includes a breakdown of metropolitan, micropolitan, or rural residence of disabled Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD.
Author(s): Elsa Haile, Sonya Bowen, Kenneth Lindenfelser, Chris Haffer
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Access to Mental Health Services for Children in Rural Areas
Policy brief identifying strategies to help rural children with mental, behavioral, or development disorders (MBDDs) access behavioral health services. Discusses the potential of telehealth, integration of behavioral health and primary care, and school-based health centers to address this need.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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How We Can Help Children in Rural Communities Thrive
Discusses challenges facing rural families and children with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders. Highlights steps that states, healthcare systems, and primary care providers can take to support them.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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