Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
January 27, 2016

In this issue:

An Evening with Bennet Omalu
Dr. Bennet Omalu, subject of the upcoming motion picture Concussion starring Will Smith, will serve as the next Inspiring Minds Speaker for Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is proud to be Beth El's community partner for this installation.

Dr. Omalu was the first doctor to identify and name Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as a major factor in the deaths of many professional athletes. He also identified a link between CTE and PTSD in veterans. Dr. Omalu will discuss his findings, his philosophies and his life growing up as a Nigerian refugee before attending medical school the age of 15 and becoming a physician at 21.

Join us for an evening with a truly remarkable man.

Date: Thursday, February 25
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Beth El Synagogue
5225 Barry Street West
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

For more information or tickets, visit www.besyn.org/concussion.
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2016 Public Policy Priorities
The Legislative Session begins on March 8 and the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Board of Directors has adopted its two legislative priorities for 2016:

1. Medical Assistance Reform
     • Raise the MA Spenddown limit to the poverty level, aligning it with the current MA qualifying limit for people with disabilities
     • Raise the MA asset limit for people with disabilities to $10,000/individual and $18,000 couple, aligning it with other DHS programs.
2. Motorcycle Personal Injury Insurance
     •Require injury insurance on all motorcycles in Minnesota.

Both initiatives build on progress made last session. We need your help to keep the momentum going and move these issues forward in 2016, please join us!

Citizen Advocate Academy
When: Tuesday, February 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Room 200, State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Agenda: 2016 legislative strategy, mock-hearing, tour of the new Senate Office Building

2016 Legislative Kickoff
When: Tuesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Where: Department of Transportation Cafeteria
395 John Ireland Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Agenda: MA Reform Authors Update and one-on-one meetings with your legislators

To register for these events or for more information about our priorities, contact Erica at 612-378-2742 or 800-699-6442, or email erica@braininjurymn.org or email jeffn@braininjurymn.org.
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Unmasking Brain Injury
Explore your creative side and help raise brain injury awareness with Unmasking Brain Injury! This community-based project will promote awareness about brain injury through mask displays made by people affected by brain injury. Combining therapy, art and advocacy, each mask will present an entirely unique perspective on life with brain injury and will give survivors, care givers and professionals a voice and the means to educate others of what it is like to live with brain injury. Please join us for creativity, crafting and community!

Mask-making events will be held:
• Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at our office
• Sunday, January 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Clay Squared, 34 13th Avenue Northeast, Suite 109, Minneapolis, MN 55413
• Saturday, February 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at our office
• Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at our office.

Space and supplies are limited for these events. Please call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 to reserve your spot.

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Brain Injury in the Homeless Community: Where Do We Go from Here
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance invited representatives from a wide range of service providers serving the homeless as well as homeless individuals with brain injuries to participate in a half-day discussion intended to identify specific ways the Alliance could build stronger connections to the homeless community. The discussion, facilitated by a senior Wilder Research consultant, covered a wide range of topics including experiences in recognizing and responding to brain injury, stigma and misunderstandings associated with this type of injury, supports and services available now, and ideas about what supports might best serve this population in the future. The information from this dialogue will be used by the Alliance to plan for outreach and intervention efforts that can best meet the diverse range of needs among those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Click here to read more.

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
Adjustment to Brain Injury: January 28, 2016
Caregiving: February 25, 2016

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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Classified Ad - University of Minnesota Research Study
Katy O'Brien, MA CCC-SLP, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, is recruiting people with moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries for a study examining how we remember to do things in the future compared to how we remember things that have already happened. The purpose of the study is to compare how people with and without traumatic brain injuries think about their memory. This includes one approximately four-hour session playing a computer game and completing standardized testing.

Participants will be compensated $30 for their time. If you are interested in learning more about this program and to find out if you could participate, contact the NeuroCognitive Communication Lab at neurocogcom@gmail.com or call 612-276-2250.

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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."

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