Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
March 25, 2015

In this issue:

Brain Injury Awareness Month
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is joining the United States Brain Injury Alliance (USBIA) and its affiliates in encouraging individuals and families affected by brain injury to share their stories using #TBIaffectedme. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Of those individuals, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.4 million are treated and released from an emergency department.

To find out more about the #TBIaffectedme campaign, or to download resources and learn how to get involved, visit www.braininjurymn.org/events/bia-month.php and www.usbia.org/events/awareness. Help spread the word about brain injury this March and remember to use #TBIaffectedme to get the word out.

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2015 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
The 2015 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and will feature several dynamic speakers who will cover a variety of topics related to community-based, education, cultural and medical aspects of brain injury and stroke care, services and supports.

Join professionals, caregivers, advocates and providers from around the state! John Corrigan, PhD, and Andrew Kiragu, MD, will deliver the Thursday and Friday morning keynote addresses. Sam Baker and Lisabeth Mackall, MS, CCC-SLP, will deliver the closing Plenary sessions each day.

Click here for complete Annual Conference information and register today!

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Minnesota Stroke Association Strides for Stroke
The Minnesota Stroke Association Strides for Stroke event exemplifies the notion of an active stroke community. Not only does it allow us to honor stroke survivors and walk in solidarity with one another, it also raises stroke awareness and helps fund programs that benefit Minnesotans who live with the effects of stroke. Strides for Stroke demonstrates that stroke is not an ending. The hundreds of people walking together for a common cause is a beautiful picture of the power of community and the possibilities it represents - for survivors, their families and the people around them.

The 2015 Minnesota Stroke Association Strides for Stroke will take place on Saturday, May 16 at four locations in Minnesota:

Online registration and more information is now available by clicking here.

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Brain Injury Educational Classes
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offers a variety of educational classes - including our monthly Brain Injury Basics class - for families, individuals and professionals in the Twin Cities. Our educators can also train your staff on-site at your facility with our Traveling Workshops.

Brain Injury Basics
Introduction to Brain Injury: March 26
Adjustment to Brain Injury: April 23

Registration is required for all classes. Brain Injury Basics takes place in the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offices in Roseville from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for professionals; a $5 donation is appreciated from consumers.

Click here for more information on our Education opportunities or call our Education and Community Outreach Department at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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Celebrate the Alliance's 30th Birthday
Celebrate the Alliance's 30th Birthday and Brain Injury Awareness Month by helping others navigate life after brain injury. By donating, you:

• Provide opportunities for individuals affected by brain injury to share their stories in the community
• Train individuals to advocate for much needed health and financial support at the community, city, and state level
• Connect diverse and underserved communities affected by brain injury to support services through our Community Outreach Program
• Raise awareness about brain injury through bicycle helmet giveaways and helmet fittings at outreach events
• Offer a conference about brain injury issues to consumers and families at no cost

Honor someone you love or memorialize someone you've lost. Just call our office at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 to make a difference in the lives of those affected by brain injury. Thanks for your generosity!

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Job Opportunities at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is hiring for a Case Manager and Care Coordinator in our Case Management department.

A Care Coordinator 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 all forms of brain injury and their families through implementation of care coordination for effective community retention and or integration.

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 full information on employment opportunities with the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance.

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Speakers Bureau to be Featured at U of M Film Showing
Members of our Speakers Bureau will share their stories following the University of Minnesota's screening of the recent film "The Crash Reel." The film documents the experiences of professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce following his brain injury. The film will be screened in Shevin Hall, Room 110 on Friday, March 27. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Alissa Allison at allis160@umn.edu.

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Classified Ad - Social Building Blocks Study
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are looking for participants between the ages of 18-65 for a study about social communication in adults with and without brain injury. Findings from the study will be used to improve treatment for adults with brain injury, so that their therapy can focus on the most useful communication skills.

The study involves two visits to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where participants work with researchers in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Participants are asked to complete a few surveys, do a few tasks on language and memory, watch videos, and play some games with robots. Participants are paid $50 for each session they complete in the study. Visits are scheduled at times that are most convenient for participants and most travel expenses are covered or reimbursed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information, contact Erica Kesin Richmond at 608-262-7467 or Erica.Richmond@wisc.edu.

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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 6,250 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."

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is a proud member of Community Health Charities. Community Health Charities is an alliance of leading nonprofit health research and service organizations whose mission is to improve lives affected by chronic illness by investing in health research, services and education.
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