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Georgia Southern Compares Providers’ Perceptions of Challenges and Facilitators to Disability Services

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore rural/urban differences in service providers’ perceptions of challenges and facilitators to services for children with special health care needs (CSHN) and their families in southeast Georgia.

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[Photo: Dr. Moya Alfonso]

Service providers discussed a variety of challenges to accessing services related to socioeconomic status and the transition out of the school system. Urban and rural service providers’ perceptions were similar overall, with the exception of lack of transportation and access to a variety of services in rural area. Service providers overcome challenges through identifying parents’ needs and limitations and adapting service provision. Some of the facilitators mentioned by both urban and rural service providers are availability of transportation and resources.

“’It All goes Back to the Services’: A Rural/Urban comparison of Service Providers’ Perceptions of Challenges and Facilitators to Disability Services,” was published in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Moya Alfonso, associate professor of community health behavior and education (CHBE) at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Georgia Southern University (JPHCOPH) was lead author. Dr. Ashley Walker, associate professor of CHBE at JPHCOPH, Ms. Akrati Gupta, DrPH in CHBE student at JPHCOPH, Dr. Joseph Telfair, department chair of CHBE and environmental health sciences at JPHCOPH, and Dr. Gavin Colquitt, associate professor of health and physical education were co-authors.