group of people with disabilities at an outdoor picnic

Health and wellness challenges such as access to healthcare and preventative medicine may increase the development and progression of disability over time and space. For rural people with disabilities, access can be even more limited due to lack of accessible transportation and other environmental barriers.

We work to identify and address these barriers with our health and rural disability research agenda. Our research projects seek to understand the experience of disability, examine alternative models for delivering health promotion services to people with disabilities in rural areas, and leverage existing resources and technology to encourage full use of local services.

Learn more about RTC:Rural Health research

People with disabilities experience a variety of secondary conditions such as pain, depression, fatigue, and isolation that impact quality of life and participation. 


Health promotion interventions can help people with disabilities manage secondary health conditions so they can participate more fully in community life.


Access to health promotion programs may be an important facilitator to securing and maintaining employment for people with disabilities.


People with I/DD experience higher rates of obesity than the general population and may benefit from nutrition programs.


Our Montana health initiatives, including the Montana Disability and Health (MTDH) Program, promote the health and wellness of Montanans with disabilities.


People with disabilities can be at risk for forms of disability-related abuse as well as more common forms of abuse.


See Large Data Set Analyses: Health for fact sheets and research briefs that explore national health data.