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Podcast Discusses Value of Peer Support After Injury

Peer Support Program supervisor Minna Hong stress importance of peer-led self-care education classes

People with spinal cord injuries and their families often feel anxious about returning home after rehabilitation and dealing with the many challenges related to living with such injuries. Patients with SCI who receive more intensive peer mentorship have more active engagement in rehabilitation, greater self-efficacy and lower hospital readmissions.

In a podcast with Shepherd Center Radio, Minna Hong, the Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Program supervisor at Shepherd Center, discusses the value of peer support and the importance of peer-led self-care education classes after injury.

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Minna Hong has worked at Shepherd Center since 2000. Minna, the mother of two young adults, has been living with a spinal cord injury 1999. She is a guest lecturer at Emory University, Georgia State University, the University of Georgia and Mercer University, speaking about treating patients with a disability. Minna has served as a board member of the Georgia Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund since 2009. She has also contributed as a member of Delta Air Lines’ Disability Advocacy Board since 2011 and served as a member of the company’s Disability Resource Group from 2009 to 2013. Minna has been featured in various publications, including New Mobility, Jezebel, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Spinal Column magazine. She is an artist, exhibiting at Coca-Cola Headquarters in Atlanta in 2014, and her work is featured in a 2015 AT&T calendar.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.