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Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies

All Projects


To conduct timely and meaningful research and evaluation to inform health and disability policy, with the goal of improving access and quality of care for all people, particularly for those with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Current Projects 

Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) 

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is a 5-year Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program (DRRP) funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0075-01-00). The CHRIL brings together disability advocates and researchers from 4 institutions (Washington State University, the University of Kansas, George Mason University, and the Independent Living Research Utilization program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital) to systematically investigate and disseminate essential findings about how implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects working age adults with disabilities. 

Evaluating the Reliability, Validity, and Sensitivity of Person-Centered HCBS Outcome Measures 

IHDPS is collaborating with the University of Minnesota Research and Training Center on Outcome Measurement to lead a field study of Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Outcome Measures. In Kansas, IHDPS will recruit 125 adults with disabilities on HCBS waivers. To learn more about the study and how to participate, visit the HCBS study webpage

Kansas Disability and Health Program 

Disability and Health Programs are state-wide initiatives funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, the CDC funds 10 state programs that work to improve the health and quality of life among people with mobility limitations and/or intellectual disabilities (ID) through adaptation and implementation of evidence-based strategies in their communities. In cooperation with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, the Institute for Health & Disability Policy Studies leads the effort in Kansas from 2016-2021. Learn more at the Kansas Disability and Health Program (DHP) homepage.

Using the National Survey on Health and Disability to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences of Working-Age Americans with Disabilities

This project builds upon the success of the existing National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD) and develops partnerships with other NIDILRR-funded projects to develop survey questions, analyze data using appropriate methods, and assure activities are conducted in a rigorous and timely fashion.Use of the well-established NSHD provides the opportunity for collecting longitudinal, pre- and post-pandemic, data.

Findings will be used to develop policy briefs, consumer resources, scholarly journal articles, and specific policy and practice recommendations to address identified pandemic-related issues that affect the health and function, employment, and/or community living of Americans with disabilities. Anticipated outcomes of project activities include increased knowledge of the impact of COVID-19 and improved policies and practices.

Visit the project webpage