Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
May 1, 2019

In this issue:

May is Stroke Awareness Month
May is Stroke Awareness Month and there are many opportunities for you to get involved in your stroke community through the Minnesota Stroke Association:

Volunteer with us, either in the office or at events. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization and volunteering has been shown to ease stress levels! No matter what your abilities or skill set, we have opportunities for you.

Share your story with our Speakers Bureau. If you have a knack for public speaking and you'd like to share your stroke story with places around Minnesota, let us know! The Speakers Bureau provides speaking engagements for people touched by stroke. It's a great way to raise stroke awareness and reach out.

Get involved with our Citizens Advocacy program. We have dedicated public policy department and our most important advocacy strategy is Citizen Advocates turning their personal story into an effective political message. Whether a Brain Injury or Stroke survivor, loved one, or professional, we need your voice to be heard and your story to be shared.

If your organization is interested in doing a Stroke Awareness Month activity or having a representative from the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance/Minnesota Stroke Association talk to your organization about what we do, we would love to hear from you! For more information or to explore more ideas for spreading awareness about stroke and brain injury, contact Katrina Meyer (Twin Cities Metro Area) or Michelle Bunge (Statewide).

These are just a few of the ways you can get involved this Stroke Awareness Month.

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2019 Strides for Stroke
The stroke community is made up of families, friends, co-workers, educators, professionals, celebrities and passionate advocates who work to build a world where every stroke is treated in a timely manner and where stroke rates drop, year after year. If you want to see Minnesota’s stroke community in action, look no further than the Minnesota Stroke Association annual Strides for Stroke event. Here, the stroke community honors stroke survivors; walks in solidarity with one another; raises stroke awareness; and helps fund programs that benefit Minnesotans who live with the effects of stroke.

Strides for Stroke will take place on Saturday, May 18 in Duluth, Saint Cloud and the Twin Cities. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Help us make this year's Walk even bigger by signing up today. This year two new faces will be emceeing our Strides for Stroke Walk both in the Twin Cities and Duluth: Cody Matz from Twin Cities FOX 9 and Kelly Hinseth from CBS 3 in Duluth.

Make sure to register and donate today!

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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:
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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Minnesota Statewide Stroke Conference - Request for Presenters
The 2019 Minnesota Statewide Stroke Conference will take place on Thursday, November 14 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park. We invite you to submit a proposal or proposals for breakout sessions. Proposals are due by June 28, 2019.

Click here to fill out your Request for Presenters today!

Consumer Family Conference
Join the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance for our Fall 2018 Consumer and Family Conference on Saturday, June 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.

This half-day conference is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, family members and loved ones to participate in workshops and sessions that focus on innovations in the world of brain injury care, therapy and rehabilitation.

There is no cost to attend this conference. To register, please call 612-378-2742 or 1-800-669-6442. Any requests for reasonable accommodations must be received by May 20.

Click here for more information on the Consumer and Family Conference.

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Survey for Case Management Services
Do you receive case management services? The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and the Minnesota Department of Human Services would like to know what you think. Participate in a community listening event to share your experiences with case management and ideas for improvements. Participants receive lunch and a $25 Walmart gift card.

When: May 2, 2019, 11 a.m. -2 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, 2277 Hwy 36 W, Roseville, MN 55113
Space is limited to the first 50 people. Please contact Sara if you are interested.

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Lunch and Learn Seminars
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:
June 19 - Somali Community and their Perspective on Brain Injury
July 17 - Disability Hub Minnesota Your Best Life, Your Way
August 21 - Using Neuropsychological Testing Results As A Tool In Building Effective Supports
September 18 - De-escalation and Navigating Behavioral Symptoms
October 16 - Health Care Directives, Hospice and Palliative Care
November 20 - Behaviors vs. Symptoms

Click here for complete information on our 2019 Lunch and Learn Seminars.

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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: May 23
Introduction to Brain Injury: June 27

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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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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