About Us

About the Project

The Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Outreach and Services Database is a collaboration with VCU's Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE), Sheltering Arms Hospital, McGuire VA Medical Center, United Spinal Associations of Virginia, Sportable, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Wilson Workforce Rehabilitation Center. This project is funded by the Commonwealth Neurotrama Initiative's Trust Fund and is led by Dr. Zina Trost and Dr. Lance Goetz. The research was initially proposed by Dr. Melody Mickens, who now works at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

The primary goal of this project is to collect longitudinal data in order to create a registry to track the medical and psychosocial needs of Virginians with spinal cord injuries. Through collecting this data, the project staff hopes to better identify service needs within the state of Virginia. By better establishing these needs and discrepancies in treatment and community reintegration options, the project staff aims to work with partnering sites to strengthen and expand services being delivered.

Flyer with the text: We want to hear from you. What: We want to speak to Virginians living with spinal cord injury as part of a larger outcomes database. We want you to participate in a telephone or in-erson interview about our experiencs living with SCI. Who: Adults 18 and over living with a traumatic SCI, Virginia Residents, have access to a telephone or the internet, Able to speak, read, write and understand English. How: Please contact Virginia SCI Outreach and Services Database at vasci@vcuhealth.org or call (804) 828-5232 to sign up and learn more information about the program.