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Webinar: Unique Needs of Veterans and Returning Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injuries

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is sponsoring a webinar: The Unique Needs of Veterans and Returning Service Members with TBI to be broadcast on April 7, 2014 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET

Military personnel are at an increased risk for sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to the nature of military service, but many with a TBI may not come forward because they are unaware of their injury, unsure if help is available, or fear stigma of asking for help.

Being part of military culture presents unique challenges that are not always understood by professionals delivering their care in a civilian community. For example, some veterans and returning service members have co-occurring conditions such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, along with TBI, that make it difficult to diagnose and treat appropriately.

How are states identifying military service members who have a TBI to make sure they get referred for appropriate screening and treatment?  How are states building cultural competence among health professionals and others who interact with this population? What supports and services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to individuals with a TBI and their families could complement state efforts?

These issues will be explored on the webinar n April 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET when HRSA grantees and a representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs will discuss:

•         How to reach veterans and returning service members when they have not come forward or do not know they have a TBI

•         Examples of successful outreach to veterans, returning service members, and their families

•         Unique issues facing veterans and returning service members, including women and people of color

•         Training and outreach to health care providers, college/university staff, and other professionals to help them better understand the military culture

•         Collaborations between the VA and the civilian medical system to help ensure access to appropriate care and services

•         Ways that the VA supports veterans and returning service members with TBI nationally and how these programs can complement efforts at the state-level                                

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April 1, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill-2014

Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capital Hill.  I intend to partipate in the day's events to advocate on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families and look forward to you joining me.

Here is an updated schedule of the day's events:

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              

Brain Injury Awareness Fair
First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

2014 Exhibitors
Brain Injury Assoc. of America
American Association of Hyperbaric Awareness
BAE Systems
BrainLine
Brain Trauma Foundation
Centers for Disease Control
DVBIC/ DCoE
Kessler Foundation/Kessler Institute
NICoE
VA Office of Research and Development
VISTA Life Sciences
American Academy of Neurology
American College of Radiology
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Music Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Arms Forces
"@" Attention Fund
Assoc. of Rehab Nurses
Blinded Veterans
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
Brain Injury Services, Inc.
BrainScope
Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Cheer USA
ConcussionWise
Disability Rights New Jersey
Disability Services Center, JBS International
Elder Hart
FITBIR
Gallant Few
Higher Ground
HRSA
International Brain Research Foundation
JFK Rehabilitation Center
MedStar National Rehab Hospital
Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center
NASHIA
National Disability Rights Network
Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
NeuroVive Pharmaceuticals
New Jersey Brain Injury Association
NIH
Rehabilitation Specialists
ReMed
Rusk Rehab at NYU Lagone Medical Center
Team River Runner

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                

Briefing: "Returning to Work: Making Headway After Brain Injury" 
Panelists
John O'Neill, Ph.D., CRC
Director, Employment and Disability Research
Kessler Foundation 

Dr. Grant Baldwin
Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
Centers for Disease Control 

Dr. Jim Kelly
National Intrepid Center for Excellence
Walter Reed

Sgt. John Irwin
Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan
United States Army

Brian Nichols
Warrior to Work
Wounded Warrior Project

Daniel Chamberlain, JD 
Moderator
Brain Injury Association of America                                  

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Meeting Room South

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    
Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Gold Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

March 11, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill-2014

Tomorrow is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capital Hill.  I intend to partipate in the day's events to advocate on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families and look forward to you joining me.

Here is an updated schedule of the day's events:

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              

Brain Injury Awareness Fair
First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

2014 Exhibitors
Brain Injury Assoc. of America
American Association of Hyperbaric Awareness
BAE Systems
BrainLine
Brain Trauma Foundation
Centers for Disease Control
DVBIC/ DCoE
Kessler Foundation/Kessler Institute
NICoE
VA Office of Research and Development
VISTA Life Sciences
American Academy of Neurology
American College of Radiology
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Music Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Arms Forces
"@" Attention Fund
Assoc. of Rehab Nurses
Blinded Veterans
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
Brain Injury Services, Inc.
BrainScope
Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Cheer USA
ConcussionWise
Disability Rights New Jersey
Disability Services Center, JBS International
Elder Hart
FITBIR
Gallant Few
Higher Ground
HRSA
International Brain Research Foundation
JFK Rehabilitation Center
MedStar National Rehab Hospital
Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center
NASHIA
National Disability Rights Network
Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
NeuroVive Pharmaceuticals
New Jersey Brain Injury Association
NIH
Rehabilitation Specialists
ReMed
Rusk Rehab at NYU Lagone Medical Center
Team River Runner

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                

Briefing: "Returning to Work: Making Headway After Brain Injury" 
Panelists
John O'Neill, Ph.D., CRC
Director, Employment and Disability Research
Kessler Foundation 

Dr. Grant Baldwin
Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
Centers for Disease Control 

Dr. Jim Kelly
National Intrepid Center for Excellence
Walter Reed

Sgt. John Irwin
Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan
United States Army

Brian Nichols
Warrior to Work
Wounded Warrior Project

Daniel Chamberlain, JD 
Moderator
Brain Injury Association of America                                  

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Meeting Room South

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    
Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Gold Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

March 11, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Brainline Military February Newsletter

The February 2014 issue of the Brainline Military Newsletter is now on line.

topics of interest:

Using Art to Help Veterans with TBI and PTSD

Video: Don't Let Your Diagnosis Define You

Video: How Do You Help Patients with PTSD Regain Their Confidence

you can access the newsletter by clicking here.

February 13, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014 in Washington DC

Brain Injury Awareness Day 2014

Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill will be on Wednesday March 12, 2014.

Here is the schedule of the day’s events:

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM              

Brain Injury Awareness Fair

First Floor Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM                

Briefing: "Returning to Work: Making Headway After Brain Injury"                                         

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Meeting Room South

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM                

Reception Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Gold Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building

All are welcome to attend the day's events

If you plan to attend please make appointments with your Congressional  Representative and Senators to advocate for funding for TBI programs and research.

I hope to see you in Washington, D.C. this March!

February 7, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Veterans with brain injuries, how to obtain benefits

The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) has scheduled in new webinair, “Overview of Benefits for Veterans with Brain Injury” for Friday, November 22, 2013 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. EST.  This webinar will provide an overview of benefits available to Veterans who have sustained a TBI, their families and caregivers.  For more information and to register, click here

November 8, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Department of Defense to establish brain bank to study long term effects of brain trauma in service members

In an effort to study the long term effects of head trauma and traumatic brain damage, the Department of Defense (DOD) has established a brain tissue repository.

DOD is attempting to collect the brains of deceased service members which will be studied at The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine Brain Tissue Repository for Traumatic Brain Injury which has been established in Bethesda, Md.  

The study is being funded with a federal grant to advance the understanding and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members with a goal of understanding the long term effects of head trauma and particularly how head injury leads to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

CTE is a neurodegenerative disorder that involves the progressive accumulation of a protein in nerve cells within certain regions of the brain. As the protein accumulates, it disturbs function and appears to lead to symptoms seen in affected patients such as boxers and football players with multiple head trauma.

The study and the brain tissue repository will be headed by Dr. Daniel Perl, a neuropathologist.

For information on donation to the brain tissue repository email  or call 855-366-8824.

 

July 7, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Brain injury in the military

The latest version of BrainLine Military News, March 2013 is now available to view on line.  Brainline Military is a service of BrainLine  BrainLine Military is a service of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital.

Here are some highlights from the March issue:

What Saved Former Marine Matt Brown from Suicide?

Former Marine Matt Brown, who has combat-related TBI and PTSD, was dangerously suicidal and he would never "sugarcoat" that fact. It was finding his voice to help others that saved him. It was also his wonderfully wicked sense of humor. Watch BrainLine’s video, “What Saved Former Marine Matt Brown from Suicide?” and hear Matt describe how his life has changed for the better.

Watch "What Saved Former Marine Matt Brown from Suicide?"

Watch "Matt Brown: Becoming a New Person After TBI and PTSD"

Watch "Matt Brown: Strategies, Patterns, and Routine Are Key"  

Who Are the Faces of TBI Research?

As a researcher and clinician, Geoffrey Ling, PhD, MD, Col. (Ret.) knows that research for traumatic brain injury needs to be fast and efficient because patients are waiting now! Program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr. Ling says, “Seeing patients … working with them daily is very grounding. It reminds me who needs this care …” Hear more, watch BrainLine’s interview with Dr. Ling, “The ‘Faces’ of TBI.”

Broken Brains

Because of a devastating helicopter crash, Special Forces medic Karl Holt’s war in Afghanistan had ended. But a new battle had just begun. It was one that would rage long after his ruptures, fractures, broken bones, and dislocations had healed. Holt lost consciousness on the helicopter, the result of a traumatic brain injury that went untreated for nearly two years. It transformed Holt from a soldier who kicked in doors in Afghanistan to a man who had to put sticky notes on the door of his North Carolina home reminding him to lock it before leaving. Read WORLD magazine’s article, “Broken Brains,” to learn how Holt is rebuilding his life.

For more information about TBI and the military visit  BrainLineMilitary

March 13, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Veteran Issues: New Webinars announced by Defense Cneters for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) have announced the topics and dates for the first four monthly webinars in the 2013 brain injury Webinar Series.

The webinars are an opportunity for health care professionals who interact with service members, as well as service members and their families, to learn and ask questions about issues related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The webinars focus on a broad range of topics such as deployment phases, combat care, balancing home life with a deployed partner, managing challenges with posttraumatic stress disorder and TBI, and advances in behavioral health care and technologies.

Here are the announced topics and the scheduled dates:

Substance Abuse and Traumatic Brain Injury:
January 24, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)

Chronic Pain
February 28, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)

Vestibular Disturbances after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
March 28, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)

Military Children and Coping with Grief/Loss
April 25, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)

For more information, please click here

January 18, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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CDC webinair explores disability issues

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering a webcast: Public Health Grand Rounds: Where in health is disability? Public health practices to include people with disabilities

Time and Date: 
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EST)

Overview:

Disability and health is the next topic at the CDC’s highly regarded Public Health Grand Rounds. The work of NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability and its network of partners (including the Ohio Disability and Health Program [ODHP] and other state grantees) will be featured through this broadly visible venue that reaches public health professionals, health care providers and others around the world that are interested in CDC’s work. 

To View the Live Webcast:

To view the live webcast on Dec. 18, please click here

Note: The webcast links are only active during the date and time of the session, but all sessions are archived for future viewing. Grand Rounds archives are found here

 

December 17, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack