Meg Ann Traci, PhD
Associate Research Professor & Project Director, Montana Disability and Health Program
University of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in Disabilities Education, Research, and Services

Meg Ann Traci is a senior scientist with expertise in both early childhood and life-span development. She serves as an Associate Research Professor at the University of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Services. Her research has been committed to improving the health of persons with disabilities. She began her career as a project director on two research projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the prevention of secondary conditions: (1) Clarifying Choices: Empirically Derived Standards of Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and (2) Cost Identification in the Prevention and Management of Secondary Conditions Experienced by Adults with Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Traci has a 20-year history of publishing survey tools and research findings on preventing and managing secondary conditions experienced by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These studies focused on improved communication between medical care and community long-term care sites, management of life changes, nutrition and physical activity, and the stability of direct service staff. She has contributed to chapters produced by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Institute of Medicine’s “Workshop on Disability in America.” She has a demonstrated record of accomplished and productive prevention, health, and wellness research and program development projects with members of rural, tribal, and disability populations.

Dr. Traci has served as the Project Director of the Montana Disability and Health Program, “Living Well Under the Big Sky,” for the past 12 years. The program is a cooperative agreement between the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and CDC to implement strategic planning processes and programs: Living Well With a Disability; Working Well with a Disability; Materials Supporting Education and Nutrition with Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Women Be Healthy; I Can Do It, You Can Do It; Have Healthy Teeth; Disability Advisors; and Accessibility Ambassadors. Accessibility Ambassador projects have increased awareness among medical professionals about accessible health care and also have contributed to related capital improvement efforts in healthcare facilities in Montana. Activities are underway to improve medical home initiatives in Montana for persons with disabilities.