News and Notes 111 April 23
April is Minority Health Month, articles on health disparities and health promotion from the NIDRR community and other sources available from NARIC; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Prosthetics and Orthotics publishes online education module on quality improvement for prosthetic and orthotic clinicians; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living seeking participants with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers, living in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, to test a health promotion curriculum; Institute of Medicine and National Research Council announce Play It Safe Video Contest, soliciting minute-length videos from youth ages 13 to 22 that promote awareness and treatment of sports-related concussions; NIDRR seeks expert peer reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; study from the recently-completed NIDRR-funded Controlled Study of Venlafaxine XR for Depression After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) examining post-traumatic psychological growth following SCI is published in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine; staff at NIDRR-funded National Center on Parents with Disabilities and their Families contribute two chapters to Disabled Mothers: Stories and Scholarships by and About Mothers with Disabilities; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities to host webcast: A Measure for Studying Successfully Employed People who Use Wheelchairs.
April is Minority Health Month, sponsored by the Office of Minority Health of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Disparities Chart Book on Disability and Racial and Ethnic Status in the United States, published by the NIDRR-funded project on Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities, reports that minorities with disabilities self-report fair or poor health at much higher rates than those without disabilities, demonstrating a significant need for culturally appropriate health promotion and prevention efforts. One recently-completed NIDRR-funded field-initiated study on improving cancer screening for women with intellectual disabilities (ID) (H133G090124) found that African American women with ID were significantly less likely to receive a mammogram than White women with ID. You may be interested in these articles from the NARIC collection on health disparities and health promotion from the NIDRR community and other sources.
Quality Improvement – What Is It and How Do We Use It?
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Prosthetics and Orthotics (H133E080009) recently posted Quality Improvement: What Is It and How Do We Use It?, an online education module for prosthetic and orthotic clinicians. Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, presents the benefits of continuous quality improvement efforts, and step-by-step instructions on implementing such a project. Dr. Ehrlich-Jones also introduces the Orthotics and Prosthetics Users’ Survey (OPUS), which is used to monitor patient functional status, health-related quality of life, and satisfaction with lower-extremity devices and clinical services.
NIDRR Seeks Reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition
NIDRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for its FIP competition (research and development) for multiple dates in April, May, and June. NIDRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. All expertise is welcome. Expertise in the following areas is particularly needed: health and disability policy, community living, health promotion activities, spinal cord injury, burn injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, arthritis, amputation, traumatic brain injury (TBI), TBI genetic markers, brain-computer interface, MRI imaging, obesity, neuropathic pain management, autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, emotional/psychiatric disabilities, prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology, cloud computing, communicative-language/vision/hearing, randomized control trials, rehabilitation interventions, fatigue, and statistics. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to Theresa San Agustin. Additional information for this competition is available in the application package.
New Study Examines Post-Traumatic Psychological Growth Following SCI
A new article from the recently-completed NIDRR-funded Controlled Study of Venlafaxine XR for Depression After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Post-traumatic growth following spinal cord injury (H133A060107) (abstract), was published in the March issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. The authors examined the relationship of post-traumatic psychological growth, depression, and personal and injury characteristics in persons with SCI.
New Book Highlights Mothers with Disabilities
Staff members of the NIDRR-funded National Center on Parents with Disabilities and their Families (H133A110009) contributed two chapters to the recently published book Disabled Mothers: Stories and Scholarships by and About Mothers with Disabilities. Ella Callow, JD, wrote the chapter "Misadventures & Motherhood in the American Courts" based on interviews during her technical assistance to mothers with disabilities involved in custody situations. Paul Preston, PhD, and Jean Jacob, PhD, wrote the chapter "Perspectives of their Young Adult Children" based on the current eight-year national study of young adults of parents with disabilities. The book is available through Demeter Press and Amazon.
Webcast: A Measure for Studying Successfully Employed People who Use Wheelchairs
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (H133B130011) will host a webcast, A Measure for Studying Successfully Employed People who Use Wheelchairs, May 8th at 2pm ET. James Krause, PhD, and David Gray, PhD, will cover the basic attributes of the Mobility Worker Survey and provide some preliminary results. Registration is required and there may be a registration fee.
Partnerships in Wellness in Minneapolis
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (H133B130006) is seeking adults with intellectual disabilities and their adult caregivers to test a health promotion curriculum. Participants should be interested in health and wellness activities and be willing to attend eight weekly meetings with some activities between meetings. Participants must live in the Twin Cities metro area. Interested participants must fill out an online application.
Play It Safe Video Contest
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) invite youth ages 13 to 22 to enter the Play It Safe video contest. Participants may submit 30- to 60-second videos aimed at changing a sports culture that encourages "shaking it off" and getting back in the game by teaching teammates, coaches, and parents to recognize the signs, symptoms, and need for proper treatment of sports-related concussions. Entries may be submitted through May 30th. Winning entries in each of three school-age categories will be awarded a $300 gift card.