Sarah Swanson, MPH
Sarah Swanson, MPH, is an Assistant Professor for the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) program at the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI). She also is the Program Director for MMI’s Family Care Enhancement Project (FCEP), which places Parent Resource Coordinators (PRCs- another name for Community Health Workers) in medical clinics across the state. Ms. Swanson is the primary investigator over many projects that offer services and supports to children with disabilities and special health care needs and their families and serves on many state leadership teams and advisories to improve access and promote activities that benefit children with disabilities and their families.
She currently serves on the Arch National Respite Research workgroup, the leadership team to the state’s Title V Program, and has chaired the Title V Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs workgroup for the last two cycles. She is a member of the advisory committee to Title V’s Pediatric Mental Health Access grant and Children’s Hospital’s Help Me Grow (HMG) state leadership team. Finally, she is currently serving as a national consultant for the Association of University Centers for Disabilities (AUCD) on the CMS’ rule defining home and community-based settings.
- PhD Student, UNMC College of Public Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Admitted 2021)
- MPH, UNMC College of Public Health, Omaha, NE, 2018
- CPH, UNMC College of Public Health, Omaha, NE, 2015
- S., Elementary Education, UNK, Kearney, NE, 1998
- A., Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte, NE, 1996
- 2022 - Association of University Centers for Disabilities (AUCD); Panelist and Consultant: CMS’ Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule”; Washington D.C.
- 2020 - Association of University Centers for Disabilities (AUCD); Webinar: “Innovations in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports”; Washington D.C., Co-Presenter with John Tschida, AUCD Director
- 2020 - ARCH Respite Research Summit [archrespite.org] to present the findings of the evaluation, Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network: Producing Positive Outcomes for Families 2015-2017; June 2020; Madison, WI.
- 2020 - The Arc National Conference of Executives, Summer Leadership Institute: “Social Media and Engaging New Families” July 2020; Chicago, IL., Edison McDonald, Arc of NE Director
- 2015 - Association of University Centers for Disabilities’ University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Technical Assistance Conference on “The NE Home and Community Based Services Coalition Experience”; Washington, D.C.
- Swanson. S., Stimpson, J., Long-Term Care. Navigating Health Insurance. Jones and Bartlett Learning, 127-134, 2018.
- 2019 - Swanson, S., Rozell, D., Tschida, J., “Innovations and Best Practices in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports”. AUCD; Washington, D.C., 1-44.
- 2018 - Miller, J., Kennan, J., Swanson, S. “Respite Caregiving Task Force Report”. UNMC; Omaha, NE, 1-17.
- 2018 - Swanson, S., Master Thesis: “Collaboration between UCEDDs and State Independent Living Networks”. UNMC College of Public Health; Omaha, NE. 1-35.
- disability policy
- community health workers
- healthcare finance
- long-term services and supports
- providing family-centered care
- care coordination
- family leadership development
- health disparities