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


Current IHDPS Projects (Alphabetical)

Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE)

The ASPIRE project is a consortium of six western states (AZ, CO, MT, ND, SD, UT) funded by the US Department of Education as part of the national PROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) initiative. States awarded PROMISE funding are working to establish and operate model demonstration projects designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and their families. With colleagues from the University of Montana and the University of Utah, IHDPS staff serve as the Evaluation team for the ASPIRE Project.


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.

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 19 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 for the next five years.


IHDPS News Highlights

New peer-reviwed publication reporting qualitative findings on the impact of the ACA for adults with disabilities
March 5, 2019

New research on oral health experiences and needs of people with psychiatric disabilities in Medicaid Managed Care
August 21, 2018

IHDPS researchers teach CILs and other disability stakeholders about national datasets
August 10, 2018

Health Policy and Medicaid presentation delivered at annual NCIL Conference
July 25, 2018

New research on Medicaid Expansion and increased employment for people with disabilities published in AJPH
July 19, 2018

IHDPS Director, Jean Hall, presents "Best of IG" paper at AcademyHealth Annnual Research Meeting
June 24, 2018

IHDPS reserchers publish manuscript on Medicaid Home and Community Based waiver services for people with physical disabilities
January 10, 2018

IHDPS researcher presents information on health reform at annual APRIL conference
October 21, 2017

IHDPS Evaluation of Kansas Medicaid (KanCare) published
August 23, 2017

IHDPS Researchers' Letter to the Editor regarding ACS disability items published
July 8, 2017

New Commonwealth Fund Blog by IHDPS Director, Jean Hall
June 5, 2017

Dr. Jean Hall published in Annals of Internal Medicine
May 23, 2017

Managed Care Magazine interviews IHDPS Director, Jean Hall regarding high-risk pools
May 1, 2017

Time Magazine's MONEY interviews Jean Hall regarding pre-existing conditions and current health reform efforts
April 25, 2017

Commonwealth Fund publishes blog on high-risk pools authored by Jean Hall
March 27, 2017

IHDPS research featured on Kansas Public Radio, KMUW-Wichita
March 8, 2017

Jean Hall interviewed by The Guardian
January 26, 2017

IHDPS Director Addresses Issues with Potential ACA replacements in recent interview
January 13, 2017

IHDPS Director interviewed by Reuters Health News
December 27, 2016

IHDPS researchers co-author publication on effects of Medicaid Expansion
December 20, 2016

IHDPS Director to present research findings at American Public Health Association Conference
October 19, 2016

IHDPS receives funding to support Kansas Disability & Health Program
September 6, 2016

IHDPS Director presents at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM)
June 25, 2016

IHDPS receives funding to study the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
December 8, 2015

Researchers from across the state participate in Symposium
November 9, 2015

IHDPS now within the KU Life Span Institute
July 1, 2015

IHDPS Director Publishes Chapter in Report by National Council on Disability
February 24, 2015

Commonwealth Fund Releases New Blog By IHDPS Director
February 13, 2015

IHDPS Research on Managed Care for People with Disabilities Published
January 01, 2015

IHDPS research presented at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting
April 23, 2014

IHDPS Director presenting at APHA annual conference
November 01, 2013

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