UM Research Faculty Invited to the White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities
Dr. Meg Ann Traci was one of a select group of advocates and experts recently invited to the White House to discuss ways to get people with disabilities more physically active. Dr. Traci, Director of Montana’s Disability and Health program administered through UM’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, attended the White House meeting on October 6-7, 2014. She commented, “The discussion made me more aware of Montana’s unique capacity to increase access to healthy lifestyle activities for Americans with disabilities, especially those living in rural areas.” “Representing Montana disability and public health partners, I strengthened our connections with national advocates, large research organization collaborators and federal agency administrators—all of whom work together for inclusion and health equity for people with disabilities,” she continued.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2002, the Montana Disability and Health (MTDH) program partners with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MDPHHS) and a wide range of community partners and people with disabilities to increase awareness of health-related disability policy initiatives, increase health promotion opportunities for people with disabilities to maximize health, and improve access to health care for people with disabilities. Over the years, many UM undergraduate and graduate students have worked with the program as interns and part-time employees. MTDH is a hands-on public health education experience for UM students!