Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
March 14, 2012

27th Annual Conference


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Upcoming Workshops:

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: March 22
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction
Date: April 19
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Location: All classes are held in the Education Center at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

To register for a class, please click here or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

 

In this issue:
27th Annual Conference
Exhibit and Sponsor at the Annual Conference
Advocacy Matters
Strides for Stroke
Take the Pledge
Job Openings at the Association
Seven open vacancies in Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee
Mayo Clinic 19th Annual Brain Injury Conference
Education Revolution


27th Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
The Annual Conference will feature several dynamic speakers who will cover a variety of topics related to community-based, education, cultural and medical aspects of brain injury care, services and supports.

Join professionals, caregivers, advocates and providers from around the state on Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30 at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Erwin Concepcion, Ph.D., LP, and Steve Benvenisti, Esq., will deliver the Thursday and Friday morning keynote address. Kris G. Munsch will be presenting at the close of the 27th Annual Conference.

Click here for complete Annual Conference information and register today!

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Exhibit and Sponsor at the Annual Conference
Calling all exhibitors! The Annual Conference for Professionals is just around the corner. Reserve a booth space for this annual, two-day event. The 27th Annual Conference for Professionals will take place at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park on March 29 and 30 - a full month earlier than in previous years. Act fast to reserve your space - all silver level and above are given first priority space AT NO COST at one of our Consumer and Family Conferences in 2012. Contact Lori Peterson, Development Manager, with any questions or to secure your spot for 2012, or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Advocacy Matters!
Join fellow Minnesotans at the Capitol every Tuesday during the legislative session! By being involved through advocacy you can help us educate state policymakers about the impact of brain injury on individuals and families.

Take action on the Association's Motorcycle Helmet and Insurance Bill and hear from Lola about just how important this issue is to Minnesota families.

Our Public Policy team will be Tweeting LIVE from the Capitol! Join the conversation on Twitter by clicking here.

Tuesdays at the Capitol
Every Tuesday (except Tuesday, April 10)
Starts at 10 a.m.
Basement Cafeteria of the State Office Building
100 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd / St. Paul

Disability Matters Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, April 4
Starts at 10 a.m.
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd / St. Paul

For more information about our upcoming advocacy events, please visit the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota's Advocacy Action Center. To sign up for a Tuesday at the Capitol please contact Chelsea with the Public Policy Department at braininjurymn@gmail.com or call 612-594-4765. To sign up for Disability Day at the Capitol, April 4, please contact the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota by calling 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Strides for Stroke
The Minnesota Stroke Association's 2012 Strides for Stroke 3.0 Fitness Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, May 12 in Saint Paul's Como Park. Join Jeff Passolt, this year's emcee, as we honor stroke survivors and walk in solidarity with the many families who have been touched by stroke. Register to run in the first ever 3.0 mile fitness run at this year's Strides for Stroke on Saturday, May 12 in beautiful Como Park. Stay healthy and make a difference; entrance fee for the run is $30. Click here to learn more!

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Take the Pledge
To "Keep My Brain in the Game"
Youth athletes take the pledge to sit out until a medical professional says it is OK to play. See their stories on our YouTube page.

Start the journey at SaveThisBrain.org to take the pledge that "If I am hurt, I will sit it out until a medical professional tells me I am ok."

Pass the pledge on to your kids, your team or your friends. Contact Lee to find out other ways you can participate in Keep My Brain in the Game!

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Case Management Position Opening at the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
Primary Duties:
The Case Manager is responsible for monitoring and implementing comprehensive proactive; consumer directed systems of support and advocacy for individuals, including all ages and cultures, which have survived brain injury and their families through implementation of case management for effective community integration. The Case Manager will be responsible to assist the consumer in planning and accessing housing, financial supports and other community services and supports needed to accomplish this goal in accordance with Local; State; and Federal regulations. Bi-lingual/bi-cultural is a plus.

How to Apply: Send current resume, cover letter and three references with contact information to: Brain Injury Association of Minnesota. For additional information about this position, or for more details about the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, please click here.

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Seven open vacancies in Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee
The Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee provides recommendations to the Minnesota Department of Human Services on program development and concerns about health and human service needs for persons with traumatic brain injuries. The Committee is currently filling seven member vacancies. Potential committee members include people with brain injuries; family members of people with brain injuries; representatives of the brain injury provider group; acute care hospital; acute rehabilitation hospital; post acute rehabilitation; community based services; people who represent children's interests; representatives of federal, state and local government; representatives of religious, charitable, fraternal, civic, educational, legal, veteran, welfare, and other professional groups and organizations. The full committee meets 6 times a year - currently on the second Thursday of each month. Steering committees meet on the second Thursday of each month. Subcommittees meet as they determine. Meetings are held at 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN 55108. If you are interested in a position on the TBI Advisory Committee, please contact Jodi Greenstein.

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Mayo Clinic's 19th Annual Brain Injury Conference
The 2012 Brain Injury Conference will feature a variety of dynamic keynote speakers who will discuss topics including sports concussions, care of the traumatic brain injury patient in the acute setting, yoga and brain injury treatment, and a personal story of survival and success after brain injury. Click here to visit their Web site to register.

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Education Revolution: Exploring Inclusion for Children with Emotional or Behavioral Challenges
Come and view an educational conference screening of Dan Habib's new film Who Cares About Kelsey?, followed by a post-screening discussion. Dan Habib's new film project Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed

Thursday, March 22, 2012
6:30 to 9 p.m.
PACER Center
8161 Normandale Blvd
Bloomington, MN 55437
952-838-9000
Click here for more information.

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Classified Ad Opportunities
We are pleased to provide an online opportunity for organizations to broadcast their message about job openings, services and more through affordable, convenient advertising. This bi-weekly electronic publication is sent to more than 5,500 professionals, paraprofessionals and persons with brain injury and their families.

The cost to run a classified ad of up to 250 words is $20 for one edition or $30 for two editions. Ads must be submitted in electronic form to receive this rate. Ads submitted in hard copy will be charged an additional $15 administrative fee. To learn more about this affordable, convenient advertising opportunity, please e-mail Phil at philg@braininjurymn.org or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442. Advertising is posted at the end of the publication under the heading "Classified Ads."

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