Local Outreach Programs
The department partners with professional colleagues to increase both our local and global outreach. Below are highlights from our growing effort to expand the benefits of rehabilitation medicine and education. With your support, we can help many others experience better quality of life. We also continue to volunteer and participate in various local programs.
Our outreach to the community benefits patients at different milestones on the journey to recovery.
Community Support Groups
Brain Injury Support Group
The UNC Brain Injury Support Group’s mission is to provide support, education and advocacy for survivors of brain injury as well as for their families, friends and caregivers. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
Meeting Place and Time: Center for Rehabilitation Care (CRC), 1:00-2:00 PM
For more information, call Dr. Judy Schmidt at 919-966-5980.
Stroke Support Group
This group hosts speakers to address various topics in stroke recovery for survivors, family, friends, and caregivers. For more information, call Dr. Judy Schmidt at 919-966-5980.
In addition, our department benefits from Peer Mentors. These volunteers motivate patients during their healing process in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. Read more about these resources.
Aphasia Support Group
Do you or a loved one have speech or language problems resulting from a stroke or other brain injury? This group offers conversation and companionship, meeting at the Center for Rehabilitation Care (CRC). For more information, call 984-974-9747.
The department launched two telemedicine programs.
TelAbility provides telemedicine consultation to patients across North Carolina, in their own communities. The program, which uses internet-based video conferencing, enhances communication, care coordination and professional education for parents and care providers of young children with special needs. Joshua Alexander, MD, directs this program. The program is seeking funding to continue services for 2014.
The STAR Project, for which Patricia Gregory, MD, served as the primary investigator (PI), was created with generous support from the Duke Endowment Fund.
The STAR Project piloted a stroke telemedicine video-conferencing consult service with a rural community hospital in Robeson County. This part of the state has the highest stroke prevalence, but limited stroke recovery services.