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Lewis Kraus, MPH, MCP

Deputy Director

Lewis E. Kraus, MPH, MCP, is the deputy director of the Center on Disability at PHI and the DBTAC: Pacific ADA Center.

Kraus is also the director of training and dissemination for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services at the University of California, San Francisco. He leads the research effort to determine the applicability of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Community Guide to Prevention and also heads the annual evaluation of the federally funded Family Center on Technology and Disability. He has conducted policy research into personal assistance services (PAS) in the workplace in the United States and is investigating the implementation of PAS in emergency preparedness shelters.

Previously at InfoUse for 23 years, Kraus directed over 30 projects, resulting in national policy reports as well as commercial products aimed at individuals with disabilities. Kraus directed the development of a model comprehensive statewide needs assessment technique for State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies, created data briefs on Rehabilitation Services Administration programs and authored several Chartbooks on Disability in the United States. Kraus has created numerous health education multimedia projects, including ones on HIV prevention and tobacco prevention.

Kraus received master's degrees in public health and city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Annual Evaluation of the Family Center on Technology and Disability Evaluation

This project will conduct an annual formative evaluation of the Family Center on Technology and Disability activities, which will include designing an evaluation tool, gathering data and preparing evaluation report.

Emergency Personal Assistance Services for the Disabled in the 21st Century

The Center on Disability at PHI will provide technical assistance to the Center on Personal Assistance Services to conduct critical research on strategies to provide emergency personal assistance services to people with disabilities, and will disseminate the research findings.

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability

The Center on Disability is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners on a National Public Health Practice and Resource Center on Health Promotion, Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity for People with Disabilities. The center is developing policy language along with a toolkit and guidelines for policy creation that are designed to ensure that people with disabilities are included in prevention efforts.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on Disability Statistics and Demographics

This subcontract to the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability provides local level disability data to independent living, vocational rehabilitation, public health and emergency management agencies.


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