The CHRIL provides disability stakeholders with accurate, current, accessible and actionable information on how recent changes in health policy affect the community living and integration of working-age adults with disabilities. We are funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), US Department of Health and Human Services.


ILRU Summer Internship

We are currently seeking 1-3 undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a summer internship at the ILRU- Tirr Memorial. The internship is 10 to 12 weeks and includes a stipend. Students will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about Health Policy Research, Biomedical Informatics, and Qualitative Research Methodologies

  • Receive a thorough grounding in the Affordable Care Act, Disability Law & Policy, and Independent Living History & Philosophy

  • Option of attending the National Council on Independent Living Conference (NCIL)

Prospective applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, letter of recommendation, and up-to-date transcript to Roxy Funch at funchess@bcm.edu with the subject line: “ILRU Summer 2019 Internship”. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Lex Frieden (lfrieden@bcm.edu). Submission Deadline: March 29. Click HERE for more information.



CHRIL Institutional Members

Our institutional members include: Washington State University (WSU), Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann, University of Kansas (KU), and George Mason University (GMU).

CHRIL Strategic Partners

Our strategic partners include: National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), Disability Research Interest Group (DRIG) of AcademyHealth, and The Urban Institute.


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