Meet the Director
Lewis Kraus, has been a Principal Investigator with the Public Health Institute (PHI) since 2010. Mr. Kraus brings significant experience, having directed over 50 federally funded projects over the past 34 years. Mr. Kraus has co-directed the previous Pacific ADA Center for many years, including leading the ADA research components on health care accessibility and emergency management which resulted in several papers and multiple trainings and presentations, and establishing the Pacific ADA Center’s support for ADA Coordinator networks in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Mr. Kraus created and established the ADA National Network webinar series “Emergency Management and Preparedness-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” and the “Health Care and the ADA” as critical public information dissemination on those topics.
Kraus has also led projects in 3 California counties that provided emergency preparedness information and training to more than 300,000 people with disabilities, elders, and homeless persons. Kraus led research on measurement of community living for people with disabilities for the ADA Participatory Action Consortium (ADA-PARC), emergency preparedness for people with disabilities who use personal assistance services for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded Center for Personal Assistance Services; and the applicability of CDC’s Guide to Community Preventive Services for NCBDDD, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Kraus has been a leading voice in making disability statistics understandable to a lay audience, having authored the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Disability Statistics Annual Reports for the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics at the University of New Hampshire, and several Disability Statistics Reports in the 1990s and 2000s for previous Disability Statistics Centers.