Health Promotion Interventions

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Research shows that people with disabilities who participate in health promotion interventions experience decreased limitations due to secondary conditions, increased health status, reduced medical service utilization, and increased global measures of participation. Building on these findings, RTC:Rural has a long history of developing interventions to help people with disabilities manage secondary conditions.

Most recently, we developed a multi-media health promotion program to improve people’s health and wellbeing as part of the Healthy Community Living (HCL) project. The curricula blend in-person program delivery with online social engagement and website materials to provide support, health promotion, education, and opportunities for people with disabilities to succeed in reaching personal goals.

Websites

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The Healthy Community Living program is a collection of workshops and facilitator trainings that collectively help give people with disabilities more opportunities to live well and participate fully in their communities. Purchasing an HCL license gives access to all of the workshops and trainings. 

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Tools, Resources, and Publications

2020

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Engaging stakeholders to address changing service delivery conditions due to COVID-19

December 2020 | Tracy Boehm Barrett, Dori Tempio, Luke Koppisch, CJ Dodge, Erin Morseman & Ryanne Michaels
Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability & Rehabilitation Research 8th Edition KT Casebook | Online access | PDF from University of Montana


 

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Healthy Community Living: An update on outcomes 

October 2020 | Craig Ravesloot, Tracy Boehm Barrett, Tannis Hargrove, Justice Ender & Mary Willard
Rural Institute | PDF; text-only rtf


2019

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Cocreating with stakeholders through Participatory Curriculum Development

2019 | submitted by Tracy Boehm Barrett & the Healthy Community Living team
Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability & Rehabilitation Research 6th Edition KT Casebook | Online access | PDF from University of Montana


2018

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Benefits of exercise

2018 | Effort & Choice: Exercise Project
RTC:Rural and New Directions Wellness Center | PDF; text-only Word doc


 

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Managing group dynamics 

May 2018 | Living & Working Well Facilitator Peer-to-Peer Call Series: FAQ Tipsheet 1
RTC:Rural | PDF; text-only Word doc 


 

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Implementation, recruitment & sustainability 

June 2018 | Living & Working Well Facilitator Peer-to-Peer Call Series; FAQ Tipsheet 2
RTC:Rural | PDF; text-only Word doc 


 

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Challenges and successes of program implementation in rural communities 

October 2018 | Living & Working Well Facilitator Peer-to-Peer Call Series; FAQ Tipsheet 3
RTC:Rural | PDF; text-only Word doc


2016

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Living Well with a Disability, a self-management program 

February 2016 | Craig Ravesloot, Tom Seekins, Meg Traci, Tracy Boehm, Glen White, Mary Helen Witten, Mike Mayer & Jude Monson 
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) | online article, PDF


2014

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Self-Advocacy for Rural American Health (SARAH): Program overview and implementation

May 2014 | Tannis Hargrove, Bob Liston & Craig Ravesloot
Rural Institute | PDF


 

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One-on-one delivery of Living Well with a Disability 

May 2014 | Tracy Boehm & Craig Ravesloot
Rural Institute | PDF 


 

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Assessing the availability and quality of online self-help videos: A pilot study with a focus on Parkinson’s disease 

October 2014 | Julia Hammond, Brandon Rennie, Tom Seekins & Dennis O'Donnell
Health Education Journal | PDF; EPUB; online access


2011

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Self-esteem in SecondLife: An inWorld group intervention for women with disabilities 

August 2011 | Margaret A. Nosek, Susan Robinson-Whelen, Rosemary B. Hughes, Erin Porcher, Giselle Davidson & Thomas M. Nosek 
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research | PDF


 

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Disability in Practice Webinar: Peer Support: A pillar for Living Well with a Disability

October 25, 2011 | Craig Ravesloot
Association of University Centers on Disability | webinar archived recording 


 

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Disability and health behavior change 

2011 | Craig Ravesloot, Casey Ruggiero, Catherine Ipsen, Meg Traci, Tom Seekins, Tracy Boehm, Desirae Ware-backs, Bethany Rigles
Disability and Health Journal | PDF; online access


2009

 


2008

 

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Overweight and obesity in women with physical disabilities: Associations with demographic and disability characteristics and secondary conditions 

April 2008 | Margaret A. Nosek, Susan Robinson-Whelen, Rosemary B. Hughes, Nancy J. Petersen, Heather B. Taylor, Margaret M. Byrne & Robert Morgan 
Disability and Health Journal | PDF; online access


2007

 

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The Wise Choices Food Pyramid: What if we did compare apples and oranges? 

2007 | Kathleen Humphries, Sierra Langstaff, Donna Bainbridge & Tom Seekins
International Electronic Journal of Nutrition and Wellness |PDF


 

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Health promotion for people with disabilities: Development and evaluation of the Living Well with a Disability Program 

2007 | Craig Ravesloot, Tom Seekins, T. Cahill, S. Lindgren, Dot Nary & Glen White 
Health Education Research | online access; PDF


 

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Depression self‑management program for rural women with physical disabilities

2007 | Susan Robinson-Whelen, Rosemary B. Hughes, J. W. Hall & L. P. Rehm
Rehabilitation Psychology | PDF


2006

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A financial cost-benefit analysis of a health promotion program for individuals with mobility impairments 

2006 | Catherine Ipsen, Craig Ravesloot, Tom Seekins & Steve Seninger
Journal of Disability Policy Studies | PDF


 

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Physical activity and nutritional behaviors of women with physical disabilities: Physical, psychological, social and environmental influences 

2006 | Margaret A. Nosek, Rosemary B. Hughes, Susan Robinson-Whelen, Heather B. Taylor & Carol A. Howland
Women's Health Issues | PDF; online access


 

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Achieving effective health promotion for women with disabilities 

2006 | Rosemary B. Hughes 
Family and Community Health | PDF; online access


 

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Stress self-management: An intervention for women with physical disabilities 

2006 | Rosemary B. Hughes, Susan Robinson-Whelen, Heather B. Taylor & John W. Hall 
Women's Health Issues | PDF; online access


 

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Improving the health and health behaviors of women aging with physical disabilities: A peer-led health promotion program 

2006 | Susan Robinson-Whelen, Rosemary B. Hughes, Heather B. Taylor, MIchelle Colvard, Beth Mastel-Smith & Margaret A. Nosek
Women's Health Issues | PDF; online access


2005