Shepherd Center Releases Video Series for Women with Spinal Cord Injury
Videos funded by grant from Craig H. Neilsen Foundation address life after SCI for women.
Shepherd Center recently released “Empowering Women After SCI: Safe Health Care Goes Beyond Accessibility,” a video series that aims to empower women who have sustained spinal cord injuries (SCI) to advocate for their own health and wellness. The videos also serve to better equip healthcare providers to treat women with SCI.
“Research shows that while both men and women with disabilities are at a greater risk for health challenges and health care disparities, women in particular are more likely to delay or avoid routine primary and preventative healthcare appointments, such as mammograms, pelvic exams and screenings for cervical cancer than their counterparts who do not have disabilities,” said Teresa Foy, OT, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit program manager at Shepherd Center. “Without these routine screenings and preventative care, women with disabilities are at an even higher risk for serious health complications. Through this video series, we hope to create opportunities for women with SCI to seek out the medical expertise they need and deserve to pursue lifelong health and wellness.”
The video series was funded by a generous grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and donations from grateful Shepherd Center patients and families. The series covers topics ranging from doctor’s office visits, diet and exercise, medical care, pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, fashion, dating and intimacy. The final content was determined based on the feedback from focus groups comprised of local consultants, consumers, peer supporters, Shepherd Center’s women’s SCI support group and expert SCI clinicians. The videos feature open and honest commentary with female patients who have sustained spinal cord injuries, as well as interviews with medical experts.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.