News & Updates

Two new DRDC publications are available

The DRDC continues to explore medication usage in people with disabilities on several fronts. We have two recent manuscripts that can be found here: One of the papers considered medication adherence in people with IDD and hypertension, and the other reviewed opioid prescription patterns in people with lifelong disability and immune conditions.Read More »

RFAs Posted for 2019 – Applications due March 4

The DRDC announces two (2) new research opportunities for the 2019 cycle.  These will be awarded from the University of South Carolina as subcontracts from its prime award for the DRDC, which is funded by the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). All applications are due by 8PM Eastern time on […]Read More »

DRDC Releases Year 5 Evaluation Report

The DRDC has released its 5th annual evaluation report covering October 2016 through September 2017. The new projects for the year involved 4 institutions, including an investigation into the feasibility and sustainability of a small-scale grain fortification intervention in Tanzania.  There were also 11 continuing projects, and more information about them can be found on the funded grants page. The full evaluation report can be downloaded here: More »

Publications from CDC/NCBDDD/DRDC-funded grants

Grants awarded through the DRDC in the first 5-year cycle are approaching their conclusion, and many manuscripts have been recently submitted to and/or accepted by peer-review journals.  A list of publications through February of 2017 can be found on our Publications page, here:  This list will be updated approximately every six months.Read More »

Identifying Opportunities to Improve the Health of People with IDD

Suzanne McDermott, PhD, University of South Carolina (Funded 2016-2017) The is the second phase of a project from the NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability that worked with five states to characterize people with intellectual and developmental diabilities (IDD), who are insured under Medicaid. This phase will build on the previous work by focusing […]Read More »

Small Scale Grain Fortification in Tanzania

Felix Brooks-church, PI, Project Healthy Children/Sanku (Funded 2016-2017) The aim of this proposal is to establish acceptability, use, and sustainability of small-scale maize flour fortification in two rural regions of Tanzania where the population is not reached by large-mill fortification efforts as a means of reducing micronutrient malnutrition. Legislation mandating wheat flour fortification in Tanzania […]Read More »

Screening for Tics and Tic Disorders

Heather Adams, PhD, University of Rochester (Funded 2016-2017) Tic Disorders and associated conditions may be associated with adverse impacts including mood and behavioral disorders, impaired interpersonal relationships, physical injury, and reduced academic and vocational attainment. Therefore, accurate, early identification and treatment is essential to reduce these impacts. Prior work by the applicant and collaborators has […]Read More »

Language and Functional Outcomes in Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Jareen Meinzen-Derr, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Funded 2016-2017) Statewide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs have been instrumental in improving language outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Despite advances in both programs and technology, children who are DHH continue to have lower language relative to their age […]Read More »

New Grants Funded – Work will begin on September 30, 2016

Many excellent applications were received this spring and the two-step review process was successful.  There will be four new projects beginning this fall, and 11 currently funded projects will continue for an additional year of funding.  A list of the new projects can be found on the Grants Awarded page, with links to project abstracts.Read More »

AAHD Involvement in National Quality Forum

The DRDC Dissemination and Policy Core, which is housed at the American Association on Health and Disabilities (AAHD), in Rockville, MD, is closely involved with supporting the National Quality Strategy and the National Quality Forum, which are both described below. The Triple Aim of the National Quality Strategy, which was established by the Affordable Care […]Read More »