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Community Reintegration at Craig Hospital

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 100 K
Funding amount
Abstract
1) Project Title: Community Reintegration at Craig Hospital

2) Project Description: Adapting to a new life with an SCI can come with incredible barriers, including new physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and financial challenges. Craig patients must undergo the hard work of physical rehabilitation, made more difficult by integrating back into the community with a new disability and establishing future occupational goals.

Recent data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center currently estimates that the number of people living with SCI in the United States is between approximately 247,000 and 358,000 persons. Of those, only about half are high school graduates at the time of their injury, and, at one year after injury, only about 12% are employed. With estimated lifetime costs for someone injured at 25 years old with paraplegia over $2 million, and an average age at injury of 29 years old, programs and services that provide sustainable, long-term impact for people living with SCI are critical, however, most insurance companies do not consider vocational rehabilitation to be medically necessary.

To address this gap, the donor-funded Community Reintegration (CR) program at Craig Hospital provides patients with SCI the skills, tools, and resources they need to return to work, school, and the community, to regain financial independence, a sense of purpose, and life satisfaction.

3) Expected Outcomes: The Community Reintegration program at Craig Hospital will provide services to 150 individuals living with SCI during the grant cycle. Program participants will receive the tools and resources they need to return to work, school, and other community activities, which will increase the individual’s quality of life, including financial security, feelings of productivity, and connection to the social support system that exists within community relationships. This project specifically aims to:

- Support patient vocational goals. 28% of Community Reintegration patients with SCI will return to a former or new employer during the grant cycle.

- Support patient academic goals. 25% of Community Reintegration patients with SCI will return to school or pursue new education during the grant cycle.

- Provide patient assistance funds to support patient professional and academic goals. 30 patients with SCI will receive patient assistance funds to support professional and academic goals during the grant cycle.
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Categories
  • FOR (ANZSRC)

    1117 Public Health and Health Services

  • RCDC

    Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects

  • RCDC

    Injury - Trauma - (Head and Spine)

  • RCDC

    Neurosciences

  • RCDC

    Rehabilitation

  • RCDC

    Spinal Cord Injury

  • RCDC

    Behavioral and Social Science

  • RCDC

    Clinical Research

  • RCDC

    Neurodegenerative

  • Health Research Areas

    Health services & systems

  • Broad Research Areas

    Public Health