Document Type

Capstone Experience

Graduation Date


Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Health Services Research & Administration

First Committee Member

Dr. Fernando Wilson

Second Committee Member

Dr. Brandon Grimm

Third Committee Member

Denise Rozell

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. Wayne Stuberg


In every state and U.S. Territory, there is a University Center for Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), which is part of the state Developmental Disabilities network and an Independent Living (IL) Network, composed of Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Councils. Each of these receive federal funding (and frequently state funding) to support people with disabilities and their families. However, each has different federal funding sources, different origins within federal legislation and different requirements. Through discussions with IL and UCEDD leadership it is clear that there are collaborations between the two, yet this is not widely recognized. This research proposal seeks to identify past and present collaborations, potential activities for future collaboration and barriers between collaboration at the state and federal levels. As a direct extension of this research, an anticipated outcome is to identify an action-oriented project which could drive innovation and improve collaboration between the UCEDD and state IL networks, specifically in Nebraska.

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