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Washington: Faculty Wins DOD Grant to Improve Care Delivery for Service Members with Spinal Injuries

Dr. Suzanne Wood, an assistant professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, recently received a two-year, more than $750,000 grant from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) to evaluate the delivery of health care for service members and Veterans with spinal cord injuries, and offer recommendations for improvement.

“Our results will enable federal health systems and their stakeholders to examine and improve upon the services delivery model to achieve meaningful organizational change,” Dr. Wood said.

She plans to collaborate with federal health partners and community-based agencies to first map, then evaluate the care delivery structure and its supports that contribute to improved quality of life for this population, from the point of injury through reintegration within the community. This will allow the research team to pinpoint the parts of the health care delivery system that work well as well as those that need improvement.

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