Webcast: Complementary & Integrative Healthcare (CIH) for People with SCI

5/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

Join this free onine webcast: Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time

Complementary and integrative healthcare (CIH) is a healthcare approach that includes complementary medicine , alternative medicine  and integrative health. CIH can be helpful in treating secondary conditions that are common in people with SCI, including pain, bowel and bladder health, and depression.  Presented by Jennifer Coker, MPH Rocky Mountain Regional SCI Model System Craig Hospital, Denver, CO.

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Complementary and integrative healthcare (CIH) is a healthcare approach that includes complementary medicine (used together with conventional medicine), alternative medicine (used in place of conventional medicine) and integrative health (using complementary and alternative therapies in conjunction with conventional therapies).

CIH approaches are usually separated into two groups: PRODUCTS, including herbs, vitamins, minerals, and cannabis; and PRACTICES, which include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage.  CIH can be helpful in treating secondary conditions that are common in people with SCI, including pain, bowel and bladder health, and depression. 

Attendees will be able to:

·        Learn about the many types of Complementary & Integrative Healthcare that are potentially helpful for people living with SCI.

·        Learn about previous and current clinical trials involving Complementary & Integrative Healthcare and people with SCI.

·        Learn how to critically evaluate the potential usefulness of Complementary & Integrative Healthcare for their own situations, and how to approach their medical providers if interested in trying CIH.

About Our Speaker:

Jennifer Coker, MPH, has been a Research Associate at Craig Hospital since April 2012 and works primarily with the SCI Model Systems projects. She is Principal Investigator for the current SCI Model Systems module project, “Utilization of Complementary and Integrative Healthcare to Treat Pain in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury” and a Craig H Neilsen Foundation-funded project, “A Bridge from Rehabilitation to Real-World: Reinventing Yourself after SCI.”

Ms. Coker has worked in the field of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) since 1997.  She obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in May 2001 where she won the James W. Alley Award for Outstanding Service to Disadvantaged Populations.  Ms. Coker is currently a PhD student in the Clinical Sciences program at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus.  She has presented research at national conferences of the American Spinal Injury Association, the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers (now the Academy of SCI Professionals), the American Public Health Association, and the American Psychological Association.  In addition, Ms. Coker has won several awards for research presentations and publications.

Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado is a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital that specializes in the neuro-rehabilitation and research of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Craig has been designated as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System center since 1974; current Model Systems research focuses on the use of statins to reduce bone loss after SCI and the utilization of Complementary and Integrative Healthcare in people with SCI.


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