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Input Sought on Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs

CSHCN Challenge LogoDr. Martin Blair, Executive Director of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities and team of pediatricians received a Phase 1 award for the U. S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs Challenge. According to the release from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the award offers the opportunity to compete for additional funds to develop “technology-based solutions to help families of CSHCN (children with special health care needs) coordinate the care their children receive from a variety of health care professionals and specialists”.

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The Montana Family to Family Health Information Center Awarded Funding

The University of Montana’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities announces the reopening of the Montana Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F- HIC) in summer 2019. The parent-led Family to Family initiative will improve access to and sharing of evidence-based health information so parents and families of children and youth with complex health needs and health care providers can make informed health care choices.

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Six Students Complete the URLEND Program

This year, six Utah Regional Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (URLEND) students from Montana completed training in family-centered care for children and youth with special health care needs. URLEND students from five states (Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota) met weekly via video conference to learn how they can provide optimal services to children and adolescents with special health care needs. The Rural Institute is committed to being a ‘satellite’ partner of the URLEND program to educate professionals about the issues surrounding disability.

The URLEND graduates learned about the importance of the family-professional partnership, health equity across the lifespan, the use of evidence-based practice, interprofessional team building, historical and intergenerational trauma and resilience among Native Americans, and how to work within communities and systems.

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Meet the Rural Institute Diversity Fellows!

The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), funded grants for University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) to develop diversity fellowship programs.

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) was awarded a grant to support an American Indian graduate research assistant preparing to work in a human services field. The RIIC boosted the award amount and are thankful to have 2 participants in the Diversity Fellowship program.

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