Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
July 13, 2016

In this issue:

2016 Walk for Thought
The 2016 Walk for Thought will take place on Saturday, September 17 at the Duluth Lakewalk in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester, CentraCare Health Plaza in Saint Cloud, and at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton in the Twin Cities.

Celebrate the strengths and successes of the thousands of individuals who have experience brain injury, along with their families, friends and the professionals who work with them at this year's Walk for Thought.

Find out more and start your team today!
Click here to donate online today!

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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
Adjustment to Brain Injury: July 28
Caregiving: August 25
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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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.

Are you interested in making a mask and sharing your brain injury story? Join us on Thursday, July 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. or Wednesday, August 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at our office in Roseville for our next Unmasking Brain Injury Painting Event. Please RSVP by calling 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.

Click here for more information about Unmasking Brain Injury.

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Lunch and Learn Seminars with Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
Are you ready to have lunch and learn AND get your CEUs? The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is offering Lunch and Learn Seminars at our offices in Roseville and are targeted for Social Workers and Social Service Professionals.

Sessions will take place on August 10, September 13, October 12, November 16.

Click here for complete information on our 2016 Lunch and Learn Seminars.

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Medical Assistance "Campaign Literature" Can Educate Potential Policymakers
Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Citizen Advocates came up with a unique and creative strategy at a recent Citizen Advocate Academy brainstorming session. Disappointed about legislative inaction on the MA Spend-down issue we were looking for ways to make this a higher funding priority for Minnesota lawmakers. With the 2016 elections on the horizon this November and all 201 legislative seats on the ballot our Advocates wanted to be more proactive than simply waiting for the election results and then getting to work.

Looking for ways to inject the MA Disability Reform issue into political campaigns and lay the groundwork for the 2017 budget making session, they said, "Why wait for candidates to hand us their campaign literature, let's give them ours." So we have created our own "MA Campaign Lit" to pass out to political candidates who will be looking for your vote in November. Next time a candidate or one of their volunteers knocks on your door, next time you go to a parade, fair or other community event where candidates are looking for your vote; turn the tables and ask them what they are willing to do for people with disabilities who depend on MA if they get elected!

We have the MA Campaign lit printed and ready to go! Click here for a preview.

Contact Erica Schmiel at 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442 if you would like some to share with those looking for your support in November.

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Anderson Companies Charity Golf Tournament
Please join Anderson Companies for the 2016 Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of the Minnesota Stroke Association at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove on Tuesday, July 19. There are several ways to contribute: sponsorships, donations to the silent auction, or just playing a round of golf with your family, friends and/or business associates.

Click here for full information.

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Research Volunteers Needed at University of Minnesota
Researchers in the Center for Acquired Cognitive and Communicative Deficits (CACCD) at the University of Minnesota are looking for volunteers to participate in a variety of different research projects. The CACCD lab conducts research and provides testing and consultative services for individuals with acquired neurological disorders. This includes children and adults who have experienced concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and strokes, among other disorders.

Projects: There are many different projects with unique requirements. You may even be interested in participating in more than one. Each project is unique, however, all of the research involves assessment and rehabilitation for cognition and language. Some (but not all) participation is paid.

Interested volunteers or those with questions are encouraged to contact Dr. Jessica Brown at brow4565@umn.edu or call 612-626-9688. Please leave your name and contact information in an email or voice mail so that Dr. Brown can contact you and tell you about the different participation opportunities. Caregivers are welcome to contact the lab as well. If you contact the lab and decide you are not interested in doing the research you are able to withdraw at any time. Thank you!

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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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