Disability and public health remain an elusive combination despite obvious synergies. Birth defects, developmental and other disabilities, health and care disparities in disability, and health and wellness for people with disabilities are not commonly noted in medical and health education and service programs. This proposal is designed to develop a Center to focus a program of activities in support of the initiative and mandates of the NCBDDD, called the Disability Research and Dissemination Center (DRDC). DRDC will require a collaborative that includes prominent organizations, networks, and groups with the capacity to carry out public health research, training, and practice in the areas of birth defects, developmental and other disabilities;avoid health disparities for people with disabilitie of all ages;and promote health and development of persons with disabilities across the lifespan. DRDC will be organized through 5 Cores: 1) Administration to provide infrastructure and coordination for Center activities;2) Research to support NCBDD priorities and those of the Center;3) Training and Evidence-Based Programs to catalogue/promote evidence-based practices for wellness and develop professionals'education;4) Dissemination to advance information with and for stakeholders and others;5) Evaluation to assess processes of the Center and assure research and product integrity. The collaborative will bring together nationally prominent disability experts in pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, preventive medicine and public health, behavioral health, genetics, epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, nursing, social work and related fields who are located within universities, schools of public health and medical schools throughout the US. The organizational framework allows us to be inclusive of medical and health education programs and tenure track faculty in university settings, plus colleagues in public and private organizations and businesses, who have expertise in research and training to promote the health of people with developmental and other disabilities. Our primary team and Cores will be housed at University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY), and American Association on Health and Disability (Washington, DC). The primary team has successfully worked together to establish and expand the field specific journal, Disability and Health Journal.

Public Health Relevance

This project is designed to identify and fund the best research in this field, foster training of public health and other professionals, and to use the most progressive mechanisms to disseminate knowledge about evidenced-based practice. The ultimate goal of the Disability Research and Dissemination Center (DRDC) is to increase scientific and public awareness about areas related to developmental and other disabilities, with a promise of scientific breakthroughs, new policies, and new areas of research which will positively impact the health of persons across the lifespan living with birth defects and disabilities.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCBDD)
Research Project--Cooperative Agreements (U01)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZDD1-EEO (05))
Program Officer
Brown, Michael
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of South Carolina at Columbia
Family Medicine
Schools of Medicine
United States
Zip Code
Betts, Andrea C; Froehlich-Grobe, Katherine; Driver, Simon et al. (2018) Reducing barriers to healthy weight: Planned and responsive adaptations to a lifestyle intervention to serve people with impaired mobility. Disabil Health J 11:315-323
Xu, Xinling; Mann, Joshua R; Hardin, James W et al. (2017) Adherence to US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for breast and cervical cancer screening for women who have a spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med 40:76-84
Bennett, Kevin J; McDermott, Suzanne; Mann, Joshua R et al. (2017) Receipt of recommended services among patients with selected disabling conditions and diabetes. Disabil Health J 10:58-64
Yoshinaga-Itano, Christine; Sedey, Allison L; Wiggin, Mallene et al. (2017) Early Hearing Detection and Vocabulary of Children With Hearing Loss. Pediatrics 140:
Xu, Xinling; Mann, Joshua R; McDermott, Suzanne W et al. (2017) Women with Visual Impairment and Insured by Medicaid or Medicare Are Less Likely to Receive Recommended Screening for Breast and Cervical Cancers. Ophthalmic Epidemiol 24:168-173
Xu, Xinling; McDermott, Suzanne W; Mann, Joshua R et al. (2017) A longitudinal assessment of adherence to breast and cervical cancer screening recommendations among women with and without intellectual disability. Prev Med 100:167-172
Hunter, Lisa L; Meinzen-Derr, Jareen; Wiley, Susan et al. (2016) Influence of the WIC Program on Loss to Follow-up for Newborn Hearing Screening. Pediatrics 138:
Carr, Jason; Xu, Dongxin; Yoshinaga-Itano, Christine (2014) Language ENvironment Analysis Language and Autism Screen and the Child Development Inventory Social Subscale as a possible autism screen for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Semin Speech Lang 35:266-75
Kellogg, Elizabeth Cameron; Thrasher, Amy; Yoshinaga-Itano, Christine (2014) Early predictors of autism in young children who are deaf or hard of hearing: three longitudinal case studies. Semin Speech Lang 35:276-87