Diane Sprague is the director of the Lifetime Home Project (Minneapolis, MN), which performs outreach, training, technical support and policy advocacy in three areas - accessible/universal home design, home/mobile telehealth and innovative housing arrangements in "communities for a lifetime."
Prior to the Project's founding in 2006, she worked for the state of Minnesota for nearly 30 years - four with the Minnesota State Planning Agency/Developmental Disabilities Planning Office and 25 with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA). She also worked for the Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, OH) Regional Planning Commission early in her career.
Diane's major work experience is in the affordable housing field, particularly in supportive housing arrangements for seniors and persons with disabilities. Her technical specialty since the early 1980s has been home accessible and universal design, with a background that included developing/coordinating MHFA's statewide home accessibility remodeling program for 14 years; developing/delivering conference presentations, training and workshops on the subject; state/local inter-agency outreach; and writing about the field for diverse audiences.
Other major affordable housing efforts included inter-agency work on Minnesota long-term care policy reform; coordinating a disability homeownership initiative; creating/coordinating a rental subsidy demonstration for persons with mental illness; coordinating a rental rehabilitation financing program; and inter-agency policy work on supportive housing for persons with serious mental illness and other long-term disabilities.
Since the mid-2000s, Diane has developed a technical specialty in home/mobile telehealth. She monitors emerging practices/technologies and researches and reports on them; develops/delivers community education, practitioner training and conference presentations; does policy advocacy for the technologies' adoption; and has been a member of the American Telemedicine Association since 2005.
She received an undergraduate degree in political science from Miami University (OH) and a graduate degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs/University of Minnesota.