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An e-bulletin from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research

Volume 2, Issue 1   |   MARCH 2017


Welcome to our new Research Director

Photo of Elizabeth Fretzel Elizabeth Frentzel, MPH, is a Principal Research Scientist at AIR. She began working with the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) in 2016. As the research director for KTER, she oversees scoping reviews, formative research to identify vocational rehabilitation training needs, and other research to support knowledge translation.

Ms. Frentzel has almost two decades of experience conducting qualitative research, including interviews, focus groups, literature reviews. In addition, she has a decade of experience translating research into information that consumers and clinicians can use. She has also developed multiple Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) and National Quality Forum endorsed measures; most recently, the CAHPS Home- and Community-Based Services Survey, which includes a module on evaluating employment supports by individuals with disabilities. Her area of focus is on populations who are older and/or who have disabilities, and most currently, adults with autism and transition-aged youth with disabilities. Welcome, Elizabeth!

Annual NARRTC Conference:
Taking Charge of Change

We're looking forward to seeing many NIDILRR grantees at the 39th Annual NARRTC Conference on April 6-7, 2017. This year's theme encouraged submissions that focused on the theme of change in various contexts, such as NIDILRR's move to the Department of Health and Human Services, technological changes such as social media, the impacts of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Affordable Care Act, and/or the transitions youth with disabilities make from school to work or higher education.

The conference will kick-off with NIDILRR staff presentations, including "Overview and Current Initiatives" from Kristi Hill, Acting Director and Deputy Director, and "Update on Human Subjects" from Joe DePhillips, "Data Sharing Requirements" from Pimjai Sudsawad, and "Research Division Updates" from Ruth Brannon.

For more detail see the full NARRTC Agenda.
Full details about the conference, including how to register, are on the NARRTC homepage: www.NARRTC.org

KTER Center staff and affiliates will be active in the conference:

  • KTER Center Research Associate Steven Boydston will present work conducted in collaboration with the Southwest ADA Center, "Young Cancer Survivors, Educational Barriers, and Opportunities for Outreach."
  • The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) currently funds seven national technical assistance centers (TACs) in alignment with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The TA centers are working closely to assist state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their partners in providing VR and other services to individuals with disabilities. KTER PI Kathleen Murphy will chair a symposium entitled Comprehensive Technical Assistance to Enhance Integrated, Competitive Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Outcomes in the New WIOA Environment, submitted by Cayte Anderson of the Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQATAC). Cayte Anderson will present for PEQATAC, as well as on behalf of Madan Kundu of the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center of the Targeted Communities (VRTAC–TC). Also presenting will be Maureen McGuire-Kuletz of the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC), Laura Owens from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) and Curtis Richards representing the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities (VRTAC–Y). Session attendees will learn about the topical focus of individual TA centers as well as where and how to access additional information.
  • Joann Starks, a Senior Technical Assistance Consultant of the KTER staff, along with Marsha Ellison, Associate Director for Knowledge Translation for the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Research and Training Center, and member of one of KTER's Technical Working Groups, organized and will chair one of NARRTC's keynote lectures, “End-user Engagement in Research and Getting Research into Practice.” Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer at PCORI will speak, and engage with members of the Reaction Panel, Cayte Anderson, Tracy Boehm Barrett, and Martha Hodgesmith.

Conference Connections

Image of a person presenting at a conferencephoto of a woman presenting to a crowd Spring is a busy time of year for employment researchers. In addition to the NARRTC Conference, grantees are presenting at other conferences around the nation. As part of its ‹Conference Connections› activity, the KTER Center seeks to promote face-to-face networking among NIDILRR's employment portfolio grantees at the conferences they attend. If you know you will be presenting at a conference in 2017, or even just attending, please let Steven Boydston know and we'll work with you to develop a short announcement in our next "KTER Today" newsletter.

Colleagues at The K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability will be presenting on their NIDILRR-funded study, Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability, at the following conferences:

  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Annual Meeting, April 27-29, Orlando FL
    Symposium Title: Removing Barriers and Supporting Success for Workers with Disabilities
    Presentation title: Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability
  • Work, Stress and Health Conference, June 7-10, Minneapolis, MN
    Presentation Title: Unwelcoming Workplaces: Bullying, Harassment and Marginalization of Workers with Disabilities

Staff from the Assessing Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) project, housed at the Beach Center on Disability at University of Kansas will be presenting at two upcoming conferences.

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), April 19-22 in Boston, MA
    Presentation Title: The Effectiveness of the Family Employment Awareness Training Program: Implications for Practitioners
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Meeting, June 26-29, Hartford, CT
    Poster Symposia Session: Changing Attitudes and Outcomes: Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT)
    Presentation Title: Short-term and One-year Outcomes for Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) Attendees
    Presentation Title: Participatory Asset Mapping: Using Community Resources to Strengthen Schools and their Families
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The contents of this newsletter were developed under grant number 90DP0077 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.