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Brain Injury Association of America--Legislative Update

The following legislative update has been prepared by the voice of brain injury in the United States, The Brain Injury Association of America(BIAA):

BIAA Meets with Leadership at ACL

As reported in Policy Corner, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell relocated the Federal Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) State Grant Program from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The move took place on October 1, 2015. HRSA and ACL are working together to make a seamless transition. BIAA's president and CEO, Susan Connors and Amy Colberg, director of government affairs, met with leadership from ACL on Friday, October 23 to discuss the relocation of the Federal TBI State Grant Program, specifically a National plan for brain injury.

Injury Violence and Prevention Meeting

BIAA attended the fall Injury Violence and Prevention (IVPN) Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, October 22. During the meeting, recent IVPN activities were reviewed and meeting attendees participated in breakout session to plan strategies with policy staff from CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The group worked to identify and prioritize IVPN activities for 2016. BIAA serves on the Injury Violence and Prevention Coalition which meets monthly throughout the year and educates to the Administration and Congress about injury and violence prevention issues and the importance for increased funding.

BIAA Presenting at NASHIA's State of the State Conference

Amy Colberg, BIAA's director of government affairs will be presenting at NASHIA's State of the State Conference, Thursday, October 29 in Denver Colorado. Ms. Colberg will be participating in the This Week in Washington panel at 8:30 am. Please stop by and introduce yourself if you will be attending the NASHIA conference as well.

My partner, Shana De Caro, serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.



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