Leveraging our role leading national collaboration in spinal cord injury (SCI) research and care, Praxis initiated a process in 2019 to create a national SCI care, health and wellness strategy. By aligning actions and focusing resources, this strategy would build on the strengths of the SCI community to improve health outcomes for individuals living with spinal cord injury.
Praxis initiated a community consultation process with the assistance of consulting firm Cense Ltd. aimed at examining the feasibility and readiness of engaging with the strategy development. These consultations resulted in the 2019 report, Being Bold: Toward a National Spinal Cord Injury Care, Health & Wellness Strategy Discussion Document & Consultation Report.
The theme of being ‘bold’ in developing and directing the strategy was commonly heard throughout the consultation:
“The time has come to be bold in developing a strategy that will connect the strengths of Canada’s research, practice, and care sectors together with a shared vision, moving SCI forward as a community.”
Also, clear recommendations surfaced that the SCI community could take to refine, develop – and, most importantly – implement next steps.
In 2020, Praxis proceeded with the development of a framework for strategy and action informed by consultations from the community. This framework was designed to promote a common understanding of goals and vision of the SCI community as well as the strengths and priorities within the SCI system of care, health and wellness. It also supports a coordinated effort and scaling up of SCI advancements in care, health and wellness to make a sustainable impact nation-wide that is focused on the needs of people living with spinal cord injury.