This project is funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems (RTHS) program, which supports policy-relevant, community-engaged research on current or potential policies to transform health and health care systems. The goal of the study is to explore disparities in access to home and community-based services (HCBS) for people of color with disabilities. The study seeks to: 1) examine racial and ethnic disparities in utilization of and access to HCBS within states; and 2) assess systemic barriers and facilitators to access to HCBS and transitions from nursing homes to the community among people of color with disabilities. Using a mixed-methods approach, the study team will analyze Medicaid claims data and explore the experiences of disabled people of color who have transitioned from nursing facilities back to the community. Trained lived experience experts will conduct key-informant interviews and qualitative analysis, as well as inform the quantitative analysis. Deliverables will include a project work plan and annual and final narrative and financial reports, as well as a range of products to reach policymakers and other audiences for study findings.

Principal Investigator(s)

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Joe Caldwell, Ph.D.

Director of the Community Living Policy Center - Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University

Dr. Caldwell is Director of the Community Living Policy Center within the Lurie Institute for Disability Polic... Read Bio

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Angel Miles, Ph.D.

Healthcare/Home and Community Based Services Policy Analyst - Access Living

Angel received her doctorate in women’s studies at the University of Maryland College Park. Her dissertation e... Read Bio