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Lillie Greiman works as a Project Director at the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) and has been with the center since 2012. She works across numerous projects with partners across the country and is passionate about the collaborative work the RTC:Rural does to improve the lives of people with disabilities in rural communities. Her focus areas are: housing, community participation, rural community development and spatial and demographic analysis.
She’s originally from Helena, MT but has lived in Missoula for 15 years where she attended the university and earned her MA in geography.
Expanding the Availability and Quality of Rural Data (lead)
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.
Rural Resource Analysis (lead)
The availability of community resources, as well as access to those resources, has a large impact on the experience of disability. Using community asset mapping and network analysis methodology, this project will identify the resources available in a community and then figure out how those resources are linked to each other and how individuals know about and access those resources. As well as examining local assets and networks, this study will also examine the relationships between community resources and disability rates across the U.S.
Promoting Interventions for Community Living (PICL) (lead)
Americans with disabilities deserve opportunities for education, employment, health care, recreation and civic engagement. Yet, despite improved opportunities and increasingly accessible environments for people with disabilities, many continue to face barriers to living and participating in their communities. The Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living examines the effectiveness of interventions designed to support greater community participation for people with physical and other co-occurring disabilities. This project is testing a multifaceted intervention aimed at promoting community participation through home usability improvement and goal setting activities.
Personal Care Assistance in Rural America (lead)
The experiences of those providing personal assistance services in rural America is not well understood. This exploratory project uses national data to first map the distribution of personal assistance services (PAS) workers and those who need their services due to having self care disabilities (e.g., difficulty bathing, dressing, running errands). We highlight areas in the US where there are too few workers for the number of people who have self care disabilities. To understand the experience of rural workers, we employed participatory photo mapping (PPM). Rural PAS workers take photos representing their work and then we interview them about their photos to gain a better understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and work they do in rural America.
Rural Community Living Development
The goal of the Rural Community Living Development project is to partner with the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) to develop and implement a peer to peer mentor training for CILs that prepares staff to work on community development activities in rural areas. The outcome of this process will be better support for rural people with disabilities to live independently in their communities by accessing NIDILRR-funded community living resources.