Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
September 12, 2012

Walk for Thought

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Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday Workshop: Accessibility Rights for Persons with Disabilities
Date: September 19
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost: $40 per person; 2.5 CEUs are provided.

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction
Date: September 27
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 Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

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


In this issue:
Last Call for Online Walk for Thought Registration!
Q. Cumbers Fall Harvest 5K
Advocacy Matters
Case Management and Resource Facilitation Position Openings
Spa...ahh Fundraising Event
Vendors Needed for the Consumer and Family Conference
Annual Childhood Injury Conference Features Critical Topics and Useful Tools
Getting Smart about Brain Aneurysms
Classified Ad - Director of Services

Last Call for Online Walk for Thought Registration!
Walk for Thought pre-registration closes on September 18, so this is your last chance to register your team or join someone else's! Remember, this is a FREE registration. Anyone can participate. However, a $25 donation is recommended to receive a T-shirt. Which brings up another point:

The deadline for T-shirt registration is September 15! So, even though you can pre-register until September 18, you must register by September 15 to receive a t-shirt.

Also, in honor of this being a plus-one year, we want you to bring your own PlusONE to the Walk. Bring an extra person with you this year - perhaps a special someone who has made a difference in your life following brain injury. Maybe it's someone - a friend or caregiver - who has never come to the Walk or someone who stopped coming a few years ago. Get them back! Make it your goal to add an extra person to your roster this year. If each person did that - wow, what a crowd we'd have!

At the Saint Paul Walk for Thought, KFAN's Paul Allen will be the host for the event which begins at 9:30 a.m.

All this, and more. Join us Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Como Park in St. Paul, Canal Park in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester, CentraCare Health Plaza in St. Cloud. Start your team or join a team today!
Click here to donate online

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Q. Cumbers Fall Harvest 5K
On Sunday, September 16, 2012, Q. Cumbers Restaurant will be hosting the first annual Q. Cumbers Fall Harvest 5K at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the Minnesota Stroke Association.

Online pre-registration is available by clicking here. Race Day registration also available. Registration includes a long sleeved T-shirt and race day brunch at Q. Cumbers after the run/walk.

If you would like to volunteer, contact Anna Karena by e-mail or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Advocacy Matters
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Citizen Advocate Academy fall schedule is set! There will be four Saturday and two weekday evening training sessions between now and the end of the year. Sessions will cover topics ranging from the upcoming 2012 elections, how a bill becomes a law, the Minnesota state budget and of course, how to be an effective advocate for all people affected by brain injury in Minnesota. There is no charge and all of the sessions will be hosted at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance office. Click here for more information about the upcoming training schedule and how to register! Otherwise feel free to contact the Public Policy Department by phone at 612-378-2742, 800-669-6442 or by e-mail at or .

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Case Management and Resource Facilitation Position Opening
Case Manager 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. Bi-lingual/bi-cultural is a plus. Click here for a full position description.

Resource Facilitation Primary Duties:
Responsible for brain injury information, resources and individual assistance through the implementation of Resource Facilitation providing effective community integration of people with brain injury. Click here for a full position description.

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The Burnsville Women of Today will be hosting its annual Spa...ahh on Saturday, November 3 at the Buck Hill Event Center in Burnsville. This unique event offers a relaxing morning of brunch, chair massages, mini spa treatments, brow and lip waxing, and an array of other wellness based services or activities for attendees, with proceeds directly benefiting the Minnesota Stroke Association.

Registration can be found at www.burnsvillewomenoftoday.com. Please contact Beverly Slater or call 952-334-1169 if you have any questions.

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Vendors Needed for the Consumer and Family Conference
Exhibit your business at the Consumer and Family Conference on Saturday, November 3 and gain exposure to families and individuals affected by brain injury. The event will take place at North Como Presbyterian Church in Roseville from 1 to 4 p.m.

Please contact Brittany Lasek by e-mail or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 if you are interested in becoming a vendor.

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Annual Childhood Injury Conference Features Critical Topics and Useful Tools
The fourth annual Childhood Injury Summit will take place on Thursday, September 20 at Como Park in St. Paul and will offer fresh perspectives and effective strategies to help advance the prevention of unintentional injuries among Minnesota's children. Presented by Safe Kids Minnesota, the Minnesota Safety Council and the Minnesota Department of Health, the event will feature experts in injury prevention, child development, cross-cultural competence, generational communication, storytelling, coalition building and evaluation. Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger will kick off the day by examining the "state of the state" in childhood injury prevention: successes, gaps and opportunities for action. Registration is $40 through September 6 ($50 after September 6) and includes lunch. Free parking available adjacent to the conference site (Bullard Rainforest Auditorium in Como Park Visitor Center). Complete brochure and registration available by clicking here or contact Erin Petersen, Safe Kids Minnesota/Minnesota Safety Council at 651-228-7314/800-444-9150. Support for the conference is provided by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Emergency Medical Services for Children, Hennepin County Medical Center, Johnson & Johnson, Regions Hospital & Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

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Getting Smart about Brain Aneurysms - The Intricacies of Diagnosis and Treatment
Join HealthEast for an educational event to learn all about the diagnosis and treatment of brain aneurysms. Listen to a presentation from Dr. Michael T. Madison, Medical Director and Interventional Neuroradiologist with the National Brain Aneurysm Center. Then participate in a Q & A session with him and other members of the National Brain Aneurysm Center team.

Event details
Tuesday, September 18
St. Joseph's Hospital, 3M Education Center

Light refreshments: 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Program: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

$10 (includes parking in the 10th Street Ramp)

Click here to register. For questions, call Kay Baker at 651-232-3035.

Hosted by: National Brain Aneurysm Center

At St. Joseph's Hospital

45 West 10th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

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Classified Ad - Director of Services
Location: PICS, 1701 American Blvd E #7, Bloomington, MN 55425

Description: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, voted one of the top 100 employers in Minnesota in 2011, is one of Minnesota's largest statewide human service organizations. We provide services in three primary areas: Children, Youth and Families; Older Adults; Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. LSS is guided by its mission to "Express the Love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community."

The Director of Services (PICS) is a leadership position, with primarily responsibilities to our clients and their support staff. This position will lead a staff of 7 Service Coordinators and support the Senior Director with the central role of promoting our services to the disabled community and their advocates.

Requirements: Two years of experience in program administration and management and a four year degree in a social services field is required. The qualified applicant will have at least four years training and experience with people with disabilities and their families, in either residential or in-home settings; ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral; valid driver's license required.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Application Contact: An application is required and may be filled out online via the www.lssmn.org Web site.

Position Information: Full time position. LSS is committed to a total compensation philosophy which encompasses base salary, benefits, a flexible work environment and opportunities for development. Reposted 8/15/12.

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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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