Understanding Personal Assistance Services Experiences in Rural States

A recent unpublished nationwide analysis of Census data indicates that rural areas have lower ratios of personal assistance services (PAS) workers to people with disabilities than urban areas.

In a collaboration between UCSF and University of Montana, we will explore the PAS workforce in rural communities, using a mixed methods process focusing on 3-4 states with large rural populations. We will first update county-level PAS workers:people-with-disabilities ratios. We will then gather qualitative data with PAS workers in rural counties with a variety of workers:people-with-disabilities ratios.


Key Questions

What barriers do PAS workers experience in delivering rural PAS services?
What strategies do PAS workers use to overcome barriers to delivering rural PAS services?

For information, contact: Susan Chapman.