Tracy Boehm Barrett

Director of Knowledge Translation

Tracy Boehm Barrett grew up in rural Minnesota and is passionate about rural culture. As the Director of Knowledge Translation at the University of Montana Rural Institute Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural), she facilitates the application of research knowledge to increase participation of people with disabilities in rural communities. Tracy is interested in making information from research available to benefit individuals and their communities.

She focuses on sharing information, tools, and programs that are useful, relevant, and appropriate for people with disabilities, service providers, and other disability community stakeholders.  

In addition to directing the knowledge translation team, Tracy also directs RTC: Rural’s Living and Working Well with a Disability Program and has engaged in disability research, training, and program development at RTC: Rural since 2008.

Ms. Boehm Barrett received her BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Montana.

She has particular interests in rural health, aging and disability, inclusive community collaboration, and in connecting with others to learn and discuss what rural disability resources are needed to support and contribute to building inclusive communities. Prior to joining the Rural Institute, Tracy worked in non-profit and health care management.



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Current Projects

Knowledge Translation (lead)

RTC: Rural’s Knowledge Translation (KT) and Resource Center program is a national resource for rural people with disabilities, their families, and service providers. The Center communicates our research findings to a broad audience to facilitate knowledge use and adoption to result in increased community participation of people with disabilities and the development of solutions to rural problems.


 Rural Community Living Development

Rural Community Living Development logoThe 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.


 Healthy Community Living

HCL logoHealthy Community Living is a project to develop a multi-media health promotion program to improve people’s health and wellbeing that provides support, health promotion, education and opportunities for people with disabilities to succeed in reaching personal goals. It includes multiple curricula that blend in-person program delivery with online social engagement and website materials.


Rural Disability Hub for COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach

Connecting with rural partners to promote COVID-19 vaccination

The Rural Disability Hub for COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach is a partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and our rural disability champions, to address structural barriers to vaccination and improve rural understandings about COVID-19 and vaccination issues affecting people with disability. We will use local focus groups to: 1) curate community-informed and materials and outreach strategies, and 2) develop recommendations for addressing structural barriers to vaccination. The Hub will disseminate rural outreach materials and strategies through multiple established disability, health care, public health, and other partners at the local, state and national levels, and will share information and lessons learned through the AUCD network.