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National Center for the
Dissemination of Disability Research

Communities of Practice

COP on Outreach to Diverse Audiences

Many NIDRR grantees have expressed that they face significant challenges in understanding and addressing research outreach to cultural and linguistically diverse (CLD) communities. Specific challenges identified by NIDRR funded projects include (NCDDR survey, 2002):

To address these issues, the NCDDR directed efforts in 2006 to working with interested grantees to initiate a Community of Practice (CoP) on topics related to diversity and research outreach. The purpose of the CoP is to help NIDRR grantees identify, examine, and discuss salient issues regarding the involvement of under-represented groups in research studies, the utilization of research outcomes, and strategies for effective outreach to diverse populations. Research outreach pertains to the dissemination of research results or findings using multiple methods such as education or service-oriented programs to encourage the utilization of research findings. Research outreach also pertains to the gathering of information from a population to help inform a discovery or the research process and activities designed to support recruitment and retention of research participants (National Council on Disability, 1993).


Upcoming Events

The following Web casts are scheduled for 2009-2010.

Date and time Topic Presenters

February 10, 2010 (2:00 pm CDT)

Rehabilitation and Recovery of African-Americans Suffering from Severe Mental Illness.

This web cast will feature Rob Whitley, Ph.D. and William Lawson, M.D., Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and Howard University.

February 17, 2010 (2:00 pm CDT)

Jamaican Culture and Rehabilitation Issues.

This web cast will feature Doreen M. Miller, RhD, CRC, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Rehabilitation Programs at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Archived COP activities

CoP members conduct activities to build knowledge and awareness for improving outreach and competence. During 2008—2009, CoP members participated in Web casts and a teleconference.

During 2006—2007, CoP members participated in Web casts and a teleconference.

In November 2006, the NCDDR coordinated a CoP teleconference. The CoP members established several themes of interest, including:

Cultural competence and rehabilitation research

Research quality and evidence


Participating NIDRR-funded projects

At present, 21 individuals from twelve NIDRR-funded projects have participated in CoP activities

Name NIDRR-funded project

Fabricio E. Balcazar, Ph.D.

Center for Strategic Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CBMDR)

Linda M. Callejas, M.A.

RAICES/Promotoras

Yuying Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center

Jennifer Coker, MPH

Participation, Subjective Well Being, Health, and Spinal Cord Injury: A 35-Year Longitudinal Study

AnnMaria De Mars, Ph.D.

Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc.

Alo Dutta, Ph.D.

Rehabilitation Research Institute for Underrepresented Populations (RRIUP)

Brígida Hernández, Ph.D.

LET'S ROLL: Understanding and Responding to the Needs of People with Disabilities and the Ticket-To-Work Program

Mario Hernandez, Ph.D.

RAICES/Promotoras

James S. Krause, Ph.D.

Participation, Subjective Well Being, Health, and Spinal Cord Injury: A 35-Year Longitudinal Study

Madan Kundu, Ph.D.

Rehabilitation Research Institute for Underrepresented Populations (RRIUP)

Allen N. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D., CRC

Project Empowerment: Building Research Infrastructure Capacity.

Erich Longie, Ph.D.

Spirit Lake Consulting, Inc.

Frank H. Martin, Ph.D.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)

Tina Ritzler, M.A.

Center for Strategic Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CBMDR)

Maggie Sanchez

RAICES/Promotoras

Angelle Sander, Ph.D.

Rehabilitation and Training Center on Community Integration of Persons with TBI

John Stone, Ph.D.

Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE-2)

Margaret A. Struchen, Ph.D.

Rehabilitation and Training Center on Community Integration of Persons with TBI

Yolanda Suárez-Balcazar, Ph.D.

Center for Strategic Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CBMDR)

Yu-Mui Cecilia Wan, Ed.D.

Help-Seeking Pathways and Conceptions of Illness Among Chinese Americans with Depression

John Westbrook, Ph.D.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)

Felicia Wilkins-Turner, Ph.D.

Building Research Capacity through Collaboration among American Indian Tribes in Connecticut and Rhode Island


How do I participate?

NIDRR-funded projects are invited to join the CoP. Participants can utilize CoP resources, submit an article to FOCUS: A Technical Brief, and suggest Web cast topics on diversity, disability, and rehabilitation research.


Contact us

For more information please contact NCDDR (NCDDR@sedl.org).
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