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Project

Enhancing peer mentoring to promote independence and community participation after rehabilitation

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 75 K
Funding amount
Abstract
Enhancing peer mentoring to promote independence and community participation after rehabilitation

Our project targets improving Community Opportunities and Integration by facilitating individuals’ transition from inpatient rehabilitation to community living through enhancing our peer-mentoring program to extend for 6 months beyond discharge from inpatient rehabilitation, following models of other evidence-based programs such as those implemented at the Shepherd Center and New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center. Since 2013 BIR has trained over 30 peer mentors through a partnership with the Christopher Reeve Foundation program. Mentors visit BIR weekly to meet with individuals with a new SCI who they continue to connect with during their inpatient stay, with mentors matched on injury level, gender, and age. This grant would support extending and expanding our current program by implementing the following components: (1) pay for 6 peer mentors to work 10 hours per week to formally continue this mentoring relationship for 6 months to guide mentees as they transition home, and (2) provide virtual connectivity to patients who live > 50 miles away or are without transportation to participate in BIR’s ongoing education programs classes and monthly support group meetings, and (3) develop a resource guide to place online that peer mentors can refer mentees to as needed. The expected final outcomes of the project are: (1) an expanded and enhanced peer mentoring program offered at BSWIR; (2) evaluation data to indicate patient outcomes that may be related to offering longer and more intensive peer support; (3) mentees who feel greater confidence in their ability to accomplish various tasks, greater community participation, and improved compliance with follow up medical appointments. We believe that award of this grant will generate at least 2 significant impacts from the project (1) improved psychosocial and physical health of our SCI patients and (2) supporting evidence that we can share with our Foundation and BSW health system of the improved outcomes this low-cost program has on SCI patient outcomes that can potentially be used to increase financial investment by those entities in growing the program.

This project is in line with the Neilsen Foundation’s mission of supporting programs to improve quality of life for those affected by SCI. Based on emerging evidence of the benefits that peer mentoring can provide, we believe that enhancing our current peer mentor program by providing more intensive and a longer period of formal mentoring to newly injured individuals with SCI will improve their transition home. More specifically, we expect that newly injured individuals will experience higher self-efficacy, greater community participation, improved compliance with follow up medical appointments, and potentially reduced hospitalizations. (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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System

Categories
  • FOR (ANZSRC)

    1117 Public Health and Health Services

  • RCDC

    Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects

  • RCDC

    Injury - Trauma - (Head and Spine)

  • RCDC

    Mind and Body

  • RCDC

    Rehabilitation

  • RCDC

    Spinal Cord Injury

  • RCDC

    Behavioral and Social Science

  • RCDC

    Clinical Research

  • RCDC

    Comparative Effectiveness Research

  • RCDC

    Neurodegenerative

  • Health Research Areas

    Health services & systems

  • Broad Research Areas

    Public Health