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United Spinal Hosts National Chapter Leadership Meeting

United Spinal Association hosted a National Chapter Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas on October 22-24, bringing together its chapter leaders from across the United States to discuss a multitude of topics that affect the spinal cord injury and disorder (SCI/D) community.

Over 53 United Spinal chapter representatives from 33 different states attended the meeting.

United Spinal Chapters are self-dependent organizations that share the goals of United Spinal Association and support them within a specified geographical region.

Chapters support the SCI/D community by promoting health and well-being, promoting inclusion and independence, organizing local events and projects, advocating for rights and accessibility, and offering information and resources to their chapter communities.

“The National Chapter Leadership Meeting offers United Spinal’s key staff and chapter representatives the opportunity to collaborate on future initiatives to enhance our organization’s mission,” said James Weisman, United Spinal’s president and CEO.

“We are fortunate to have so many dedicated people who utilize each other’s skills and talents to support what we do,” he added.

Topics highlighted at this year’s event included, building community relations and membership and ways in which chapters can utilize a variety of resources provided by United Spinal to enhance their outreach efforts.

United Spinal chapter representatives also had the opportunity to share their program success stories with one another to generate new ideas for the upcoming year.

“Networking with the other chapters and learning about their ideas and what they do is empowering for us as a chapter,” said Reggie Bennett, head of United Spinal’s Las Vegas Chapter.

Joseph Pierce, from United Spinal’s Rio Grande chapter said, “Hearing how other chapters do things more formally and approach things like a business… I’m seeing the benefits of having more structure and organization.”

“Our chapters may have different programs, yet all share the same dedication to enhancing the lives of people with spinal cord injury/disease, their families, and those who provide their care,” said Nick LiBassi, United Spinal’s director of Chapter Relations.

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To find a local United Spinal chapter, visit http://www.spinalcord.org/chapters/directory.

2016-12-31T02:26:44+00:00 October 26th, 2015|Events, Featured, United Spinal News|