Training & Education


Upcoming Webinar and Training Opportunities

2020 ICPSR Data Fair Data in Real Life

ICPSR Data Fair 2020

Featured Workshop from IDEAL RRTC researchers Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D. and Neil Kamdar. Their virtual webinar "Using administrative claims data to understand aging with physical disability" will be held September 21, 2020, at 3PM EDT.

More about the webinar:  Administrative claims datasets present both challenges and benefits in the analysis of outcomes, cost, and comorbidity burden facing physically disabled individuals. The increasing use of administrative claims represents one of many plausible answers to concerns related to small sample and single institution studies. Longitudinal data analysis as well as outcomes and cost (insurance reimbursement and patient out-of-pocket cost as a form of financial burden) can be carefully studied using administrative claims datasets. In this webinar, we will highlight the strengths and analytic approaches in current work from the IDEAL RRTC. We will also carefully consider potential limitations in using these analytic approaches. Two different case studies will be considered with a cursory treatment of analytic approaches and population identification with inclusion and exclusion criteria with justification and rationale for these decisions. Applications of survival analysis, propensity score matching, and generalized linear models with respect to dichotomous and continuous and skewed outcomes will be discussed within the contexts of these case studies. The webinar will culminate with a summarization of the value of these studies, why they should continue to be pursued, and next steps in the evolution of claims-based research for the disabled population. The presenters, Dr. Elham Mahmoudi and Mr. Neil Kamdar, are both health services researchers with extensive experience working with administrative claims as well as other secondary data sources with a focus on applied econometric and statistical methods.


Additionally, Philippa Clarke, Ph.D., director of the National Neighborhood Data Archive (NaNDA) will lead a webinar "Augmenting Health Research through Secondary Data Use: the National Neighborhood Data Archive (NaNDA)" on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 1PM EDT. 

More about the webinar: The National Neighborhood Data Archive (NaNDA) is a repository of neighborhood contextual measures -- place-based data that quantifies the physical, demographic, economic, and/or social environment -- used to understand the role of neighborhood context and resources for population health. Most NaNDA contextual measures are created using publicly available data, such as from the Census Bureau. So why would a researcher use NaNDA instead of going directly to the primary data to obtain or create their own contextual measures? In this session, we will discuss case studies from the NaNDA repository that augment and recombine publicly available data to create novel measures to study the role of neighborhoods for health and health inequities. 

Free Registration is required before attending the webinars


disability health research symposium

Disability Health Research Symposium

October 2, 2020

Through this virtual event, we hope to showcase some of the talented individuals conducting research on disability-related issues from across U-M schools and departments. Equally important, we hope to facilitate networking and discussion on how the research either is being used or can be used to facilitate solutions related to health, functioning, participation and quality of life for those living with disabilities. 

The U-M CDHW Disability Research Symposium will consist of TEDx Style presentations highlighting the diverse disability research being conducted at the University of Michigan.  Presentations will be grouped around common themes and will be followed by breakout groups to facilitate networking and discussion. At this time, we are exploring the possibility of offering CE / CME credits for attendees.

By sharing, learning, and networking during this half day event, the CDHW hopes to foster discussion on how research can be used to promote health, functioning, participation and quality of life for those living with disabilities.

Online Registration


IDEAL RRTC Disability Webinar Series



IDEAL RRTC’s goal is to promote the healthy aging of adults with long-term physical impairments and disabilities. This will be achieved by identifying factors at the intersection of the person and environment that impede or support positive health and function outcomes and creating solutions that improve the fit between the two. Visit our webinar page to learn more.


Facilitating the Self-Management of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) E-Learning Course

An Online Course for Primary Care Physicians and Other Health Professionals

Physicians, allied health professionals, and student trainees are invited to participate in a study designed to enhance the knowledge, attitude and ability of healthcare providers to partner with individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) in managing their health in order to promote improved outcomes and better quality of life.

For access, email:

Topics include:

  • Overview of SCI 
  • Self-management and inclusive communication 
  • Chronic and acute medical issues in SCI 
  • Equipment, supplies, and medication 
  • Paperwork, documentation, and billing



SCI Hard app logo

SCI-Hard is a mobile app that puts you, the player, in the chair of someone with a Spinal Cord Injury. Introducing you to new challenges and obstacles all while trying to save the world from legions of mutated animals.

You wake from an accident into a new world with new challenges, new threats, and some guy with a huge head. It's a strange world. One filled with senile grandparents, animals with shrunken green heads, and looming ominous music. You must build your strength, stay fit, defend your stuff, and investigate the strange happenings in the small town of Unnamed, USA.

With more than 30 different scenarios and mini-games, a full cast of odd characters to talk with, and dozens of collectible items and weapons only you can save the town from impending doom. SCI Hard puts you, the player, in the chair of someone with a Spinal Cord Injury. Introducing you to new challenges and obstacles all while trying to save the world from legions of mutated animals. Join the fight and kick a** while sitting down!

The SCI Hard app is available for download on the Apple iTunes store and Google Play. Use Code 1704.

Find the SCI Hard Instruction Manual (pdf) and SCI Hard help page for more information.

SCI Hard was designed by the project PI, Dr. Meade, in collaboration with the UM3D Lab, between 2010 and 2013 with funding from a NIDRR Field Initiated Development Grant (# 90RE5012) to assist persons with spinal cord injury and dysfunction (SCI/D) develop and apply the necessary skills to keep their bodies healthy while managing the many aspects of SCI/D care.