Health & Disability Working Group (HDWG)

The Health & Disability Working Group (HDWG) is a research, technical assistance, and training program at the Boston University School of Public Health. Our goal is to improve the delivery of medical, behavioral, and support services to people with a broad range of disabilities and chronic illnesses. HDWG is currently engaged in three national initiatives:

  • a cooperative agreement with the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau on financing care for children and youth with special health care needs;
  • a national evaluation and support center on improving access to HIV oral health care, working with 15 demonstration sites across the country; and
  • an evaluation of HIV peer education training programs.

HDWG also works on statewide and local projects to improve health care for children in out-of-home placement; evaluate innovative service delivery models for working-age adults with disabilities, and assess the publicly funded long-term care delivery systems for adults and elders with disabilities. Part of BUSPH’s Department of Health Policy and Management, HDWG uses an interdisciplinary approach, working closely with faculty and staff from the departments of Maternal and Child Health, Social and Behavioral Health, Biostatistics, and the BU School of Social Work.

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