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The Empowerment Project:
Health Partnerships for Successful Aging with SCI

The Empowerment Project was a program within the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine designed to foster healthy aging and quality of life after SCI. Funded through a three-year Creating Opportunity and Independence Portfolio Sustainable Impact Project grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the project was directed by Maria Regina Reyes, MD, associate professor in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The Empowerment Project worked to tackle the challenge of healthy aging with SCI by creating and pioneering two new clinical and educational programs:

  1. Personalized spinal cord injury health summaries and care guides
    Portable health care documents outline individualized lifetime health surveillance and maintenance needs after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation, and provide guidance on appropriate SCI-related disease evaluation and management.

  2. Online peer-led self-management course
    Go to the SCI Thrive website at https://www.scithrive.org/.