Program Areas

Vulnerable Populations

Many people face physical, cognitive, or environmental challenges that make them vulnerable to low economic, social, and health outcomes. Such challenges can range from living with disabilities to facing barriers to accessing health services. Without effective mechanisms to effectively address these challenges, people may suffer multiple deleterious results, such as high rates of unemployment and poverty, substantial medical problems, poor educational outcomes, or social isolation.

The KDHRC program on Vulnerable Populations works to mitigate the negative impact of these challenges through program development and research to help people who face them live healthy and successful lives.

Current Initiatives

Project PENCIL: Protecting the Educational Needs of Chronically Ill Learners

With funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, a division of the National Institutes of Health, KDHRC is developing and evaluating the Project PENCIL to support parents and teachers of elementary school-aged children who have a chronic illness and intermittent school attendance (CICISA). Read More

The Cochlear Implant University

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a division of the National Institutes of Health, funds KDHRC to develop and evaluate The Cochlear Implant University. The Cochlear Implant University will support high school and college students with cochlear implants and their parents as the student transitions to higher education. Read More

 

Key Staff

Publications

Research Briefs

Evaluating an effort to improve parents' ability to obtain educational services for their chronically ill children: Lessons from Project PENCIL

Louise C. Palmer, Rosa M. Steen, Eric C. Twombly, & Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC  
December 2014: Number 12
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Assessing a program to improve teachers ability to effectively implement educational accommodations for chronically ill learners: Lessons from Project PENCIL

Louise C. Palmer, Rosa M. Steen, Eric C. Twombly, & Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC  
October 2014: Number 11
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Building knowledge and positive attitudes as a basis for social acceptance for children with cochlear implants

Nicole I. Wanty, Eric C. Twombly, Kristen D. Holtz, & Louise C. Palmer, KDHRC  
April 2013: Number 10
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The evaluation results of a public health tool to help teachers effectively accommodate and teach children with cochlear implants in mainstream classrooms

Louise C. Palmer, Jana Eisenstein, Eric C.Twombly, Kristen D. Holtz, & Nicole I. Wanty, KDHRC  
November 2011: Number 9
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Working Papers

Exploring the use of the internet by caregivers of people with autism spectrum disorders to obtain caregiving information

Eric C. Twombly, Kristen D. Holtz, & Alison Daub, KDHRC
December 2010: Working Paper 10-001
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Evaluation of a peer-focused intervention to increase knowledge and foster positive attitudes toward children with Tourette Syndrome

Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC & Greta K. Tessman, Emerson College and Tufts University
August 2007: Working Paper 07-002
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The impact of peer education on classroom outcomes for children with Tourette Syndrome

Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC & Sid J. Schneider, Westat
December 2006: Working paper 06-002
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