Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
March 6, 2019

In this issue:

2019 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
The 2019 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury will be held on April 25 and 26 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Shannon Juengst, PhD, CRC and Dr. Dean Beebe, PhD, ABPP, will be presenting our keynote presentations on Thursday and Friday mornings. Plenary presentations from Holly Kostrzewski and Nancy Carlson will be held in the afternoons. There will also be 24 breakout sessions, vendor/sponsor booths and plenty of networking and learning opportunities.

Click here for full information on the 2019 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury
Click here to register today!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Annual Conference for Professionals in Brain Injury!

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and this year we're encouraging our followers to #BeTheAwareness by sharing their brain injury experience in their own communities.

Talk to your class at school; in a staff meeting at work; to your book group; church study group; or anywhere you have an audience ready to listen. Take 10-15 minutes to tell your story and mention your connection to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Take a photo of your session and share it with us and use the hashtag #BeTheAwareness, we will recognize your success story on Social Media and encourage others to do the same.

We look forward to seeing everyone #BeTheAwarenss in March!

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
During Brain Injury Awareness Month, we will be bringing our Unmasking display to several sites around Minnesota, including an exhibit in the Crystal Court of the IDS Center March 18 through 22 and Southdale Center on March 30. Stay tuned to our site, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

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Share Your Story
The legislative session is in full swing at the Capitol and our advocates are hard at work pushing to make Minnesota a better place for people with disabilities. We are currently looking for stories of people who access their healthcare through Medical Assistance (MN's Medicaid) to help show legislators why this program is so important to people with brain injuries. If you’re interested in sharing your story or getting involved in our Citizen Advocate program please reach out to Mollie Clark at molliec@braininjurymn.org or 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442

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Public Relations Department Offering Information Sessions
March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month! We always encourage education, advocacy and support surrounding brain injury, but March is a specific time we take to raise awareness about brain injury in our local communities. We would like to encourage you to think of how you could spread brain injury awareness in your life and work.

One option is to consider having our Public Relations staff visit your staff for an information session on the prevalence of brain injury in Minnesota and the free supports and services that the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offers.

For more information or to explore more ideas for spreading awareness about brain injury, feel free to contact Katrina Meyer (Twin Cities Metro Area) or Michelle Bunge (Statewide).

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Caregiver Advocacy and Resource Education
The Minnesota Stroke Association in collaboration with the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services Live Well at Home Grant will present education sessions about caregiving through the Caregiver Advocacy and Resource Education (CARE) Program. The program will also include 30 minutes of social time for caregivers to connect and benefit from the experience, skills, and wisdom of other caregivers.

Our 2019 dates are as follows: March 19 - Substitute Decision-making (Lutheran Social Services)
April 16 - Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors (Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota)
May 21 - New to Medicare (Minnesota Board on Aging)
June 18 - Stroke and Brain Damage (Minnesota Stroke Association)

Click here for more information on the Caregiver Advocacy and Resource Education series or call our Education and Community Outreach Department at 763-553-0088.

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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 28
Adjustment to Brain Injury: April 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 7 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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Administrative Volunteer Opening
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and the Minnesota Stroke Associate are looking for Administrative Volunteers. The volunteers would help with duties such as directing phone calls, assists with various administrative tasks, filing, preparation of materials, database entry, and daily mailings.

We offer a flexible schedule but ask for a minimum commitment of four to eight hours per week. The opportunity is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you are interested, please call Debbi Erickson at 612-378-2742.

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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 8,000 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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