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Dr. Gilbert Gimm is an Associate Professor of Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His research focuses on access to care for people with disabilities, policy evaluations, and payment reforms. Previously, Dr. Gimm was a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC, where he conducted CMS program evaluations. Dr. Gimm obtained his PhD in Health Economics and Policy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Gimm joined the RTC:Rural team in July 2021 to contribute to our rural exploratory research using large national datasets.
Rural Access to Health Insurance and Health Care (lead)
RTC:Rural is collaborating with the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) to collect national data on health insurance, health care access, and quality of life outcomes among people with disabilities through the National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD). RTC:Rural will use these data to answer rural-specific questions about health care coverage, availability, and quality of life.
Expanding the Availability and Quality of Rural Data
In order to create effective policies and programs it is important to have data, such as demographic information and location, about people with disabilities in rural communities. It can be difficult to access rural disability data from the large data sets maintained by the federal government. To address this, RTC:Rural is partnering with StatsRRTC to provide annual rural data for the Disability Compendium and conduct rural analyses of existing large data sets.
Exploring Rural Disability Onset (lead)
In order to understand rural and urban differences in disability rates, we need to understand how disability evolves and what influences disability severity outcomes. If disability evolves differently in different places, these differences may provide insight into the nature and context of rural disability and may help inform interventions.