Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
February 24, 2016

In this issue:

An Evening with Bennet Omalu
Dr. Bennet Omalu, subject of the 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 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
The 2016 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, 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! Kim Gorgens, PhD from the University of Denver and Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD from the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, will be presenting our keynote presentations. Audrey Nelson, MS, CSW, from the Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin and Brandon and Tiffany Verzal from the Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Fund Board will be presenting Thursday and Friday afternoon plenary sessions.

Click here for complete Annual Conference information and register today!

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Brain Injury Awareness Month
During Brain Injury Awareness Month this March, let's each make a commitment to do something to raise awareness. Try any of the following:

• Follow the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts on your timeline.
• Hold a fundraiser with family and friends to raise money for the Alliance
• Bring some friends to our Unmasking Brain Injury event on March 12
• Join us at the 2016 Legislative Kick Off at the Capitol on March 8
• Make a donation to the Alliance at www.braininjurymn.org/donate/

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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! Click here to find out more about Unmasking Brain Injury.

A mask-making event will be held on 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 and ask about future mask-making events.

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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 2016 Minnesota Stroke Association Strides for Stroke will take place on Saturday, May 21 at five locations in Minnesota:

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

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Upcoming Opportunities to Engage
The Public Policy Department encourages you to participate in these upcoming opportunities.

Metro Mobility staff is sponsoring a Spring Community Conversation to get feedback and suggestions on improving Metro Mobility services.
When: Monday, March 14
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Place: Amherst Wilder Foundation
Wilder Center, conference room A & B
451 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul 55104
RSVP to public.info@metc.state.mn.us

Attend your precinct caucus on March 1. Going to a caucus is a great way to show support for your candidate, raise an issue that's important to you, and meet people in your community.

In 2016 a major part of precinct caucuses will be to vote for the person you want your political party to support for President. All 201 seats in the Minnesota House and Senate are also up for election in November so this is a good opportunity to let your community know about issues important to you. Never been to a caucus? Not sure how it works? Don't know where your precinct caucus is being held? Click here to answer these questions and more!

For information about upcoming events sponsored by the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Public Policy Department go to www.capwiz.com/braininjurymn or call Jeff or Erica at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

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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
Caregiving: February 25
Introduction to Brain Injury: March 24

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."

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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