Grant Funding for OHSU-Researcher in Disability Measurement Consortium

LAWRENCE, KS. - The National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has funded a five-year, $3 million grant to support a community study approach to identifying health care access roadblocks for people with disabilities by Charles Drum, an associate professor of Public Health and Prevention Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. 

Drum is a member of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living (RTC/MICL) consortium that extends a cross discipline approach to exploring the effect of measurement on the societal participation of people with disabilities. RTC/MICL includes scientists from Washington University, the University of Montana, Kansas University, and Cornell University.

The Community Engagement Initiative project led by Drum facilitates collaboration between local government, local disability groups, and a variety of community members to develop and support a plan to ease health care access. Drum has used this method in several Oregon communities. 

The consortium's research measurement approach involving people with disabilities investigates enhanced community participation, economic utility of policies and practices, and intervention approaches to remove or reduce community participation barriers. 


Drum, JD, Ph.D., is also the founding director of the Center on Community Accessibility(CCA) and co-director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and Wellness at the Oregon Institute on Disability & Development, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. 

About Oregon Health & Science University

OHSU is the state's only comprehensive public academic health center. Its fundamental purpose is to improve the health and well being of people in Oregon and beyond. As part of its multifaceted public mission, OHSU strives for excellence in education, research and scholarship, clinical practice and community service. Through its dynamic interdisciplinary environment, OHSU stimulates the spirit of inquiry, initiative, and cooperation among students, faculty and staff. OHSU is made up of the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and School of Science & Engineering.

Contact: Charles Drum