September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month! What are you doing to raise awareness?
Did you know that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) overall, particularly in older adults and young children? September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month, and the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is excited to take part in this important initiative. Visit the BIAA website by clicking here for resources you can share with others and join us in raising awareness this month using #FPAD2019.
We'll also be joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day September 23, which you can learn more about by clicking here. This day aims to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. National and state efforts are published annually in the FPAD Impact Report. Click here to view last year's report or visit NCOA to learn more about fall prevention efforts in your state by clicking here.
Whether you are a caregiver, health care provider, or person with brain injury, BIAA believes these resources will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of falls or other serious brain injury. Click here to learn more.
Putting a Face on Brain Injury Program
BIAOH has been delighted to work with the Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital, Edwin Shaw, in Copley, Ohio to bring this special presentation on the "Face of Brain Injury" to the Ohio community. The program is free and offers the opportunity to gather with survivors, family members, caregivers and health care professionals to share stories, experiences and insights related to TBI. Click here to read more about this program.
Brain Injury Advisory Committee & Brain Injury Program Strategic Planning: Phase 2-Survey
In 1990 the Ohio General Assembly created the Ohio Brain Injury Program (BIP) and Ohio Brain Injury Advisory Committee (BIAC) to address the needs of Ohioans living with the effects of brain injury. We are now embarking on a new strategic planning process that will guide the work of the BIAC & BIP from 2020 to 2025.
The creation of the plan will be undertaken via a 5-step, iterative process for generating objectives under the 4 over-arching goals of the program. This web-based survey is the second step and is intended to elicit feedback from the Ohio brain injury community on the importance of possible objectives.
Please provide your impression of the importance for ALL the objectives listed. Thank you for your time and input on this important project for Ohioans with brain injury and their families. Please complete the survey by clicking here.
TAKE ACTION NOW IN SUPPORT OF Ohio BRAINS AMENDMENT
OUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW!!! The Amendment to increase the Ohio appropriation to the Ohio Brain Injury Program did NOT make it into the House Budget. HOWEVER, it may come around again when the budget comes back to the House. The amendment is located HERE for you to include or reference in your contact.
AT THIS POINT, IT'S VITAL TO GET SENATE SUPPORT FOR THE AMENDMENT SO THAT IT WILL BE SUBMITTED IN THEIR VERSION OF THE BUDGET!
CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR NOW! CONTACT SENATOR BOB HACKETT, SENATE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND MEDICAID!!! Sen. Hackett represents Clark, Greene and Madison Counties, and you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
FIND YOUR SENATOR and contact immediately through phone, letter or email. SEE THE CONACT LIST HERE FOR SENATORS, THEIR DISTRICTS AND CONTACT INFORMATION BY MAIL OR PHONE. EMAIL LINKS CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE FOR THE OHIO SENATE: http://www.ohiosenate.gov
Contact your Senator immediately by phone, letter or email. Highlight the request for the amendment to support the “Ohio Brain Injury Program”. Refer them to the specific amendment number HC0554 . and specifically ask for their support: "Please support amendment #HC0554 that increases the state’s support for those Ohioans with a brain injury and their families”. Attach the amendment.
What to say:
Introduce yourself as a constituent
"I am coming to you as your constituent as well as an advocate for those Ohioans who are at risk or who have sustained traumatic brain injury to ask urgently for your support to amendment #HC0554 (attached) which provides vitally needed scope of services for those Ohioans, their families and caregivers impacted by traumatic brain injury. "
Express your support for the amendment and ask for Senate action!
I had hoped to see the amendment included in the budget forwarded to the Senate by the House. Since it was not included, I am asking your support presenting it as part of the omnibus amendment process. Your support to the amendment while it’s in the Senate would be a major step in bringing the Ohio Brain Injury Program the resources it needs to build a network of services which are vital to the recovery and well-being of those affected by this life-changing event.
Add your supportive statements on why an increase of funding is so critical in providing needed resources and improved services specific to the TBI population.
If you are a survivor, family member, caregiver, TELL YOUR STORY!!!! Say WHY the expanded services are needed by the brain injury community.
Talk about your journey - what was your life like before the injury?
Talk about the injury - your story is unique and important! What was treatment like? Did you go to the hospital?
Life since the injury.... what has changed? What are your ongoing needs? What would be most helpful to everyday life?
What does a newly injured person need in their community in order to live successfully? What is still missing in our state?
Thank the Senator for his/her time and direct inquiries to the Ohio Brain Injury Program or the Brain Injury Association of Ohio for more details.
Include your name, address and phone number.
Share this call to action and contact information above with colleagues, support groups you are associated with, professional organizations ( Licensing Boards, professional groups, etc.) and encourage them to contact their Senators with their support to the amendment NOW!!!
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE SO ACT RIGHT AWAY!!!! If email is easy for you... great! OR, if you'd rather phone.... that's great too! JUST ACT NOW!!!!
If you need any help identifying your Senate representative, let me know!!!
Thank you for your critical support!
Brain Injury Association of Ohio
President Board of Trustees
CALL FOR BRAIN INJURY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
We are currently accepting nominations and
applications for positions on the Brain Injury
Advisory Committee for next term.
Call for Committee Nominations
You have the opportunity to nominate yourself or other members to serve on the Brain Injury Advisory Committee. We invite you to submit yourself or to recommend someone who you think would be a great leader or contributor to this group.
What positions are available for the 2020 – 2022 term?
Survivor of Brain Injury
Relative of a Survivor of Brain Injury
Individual who Represents the Brain Injury Association of Ohio
Health Care Professional
Individual who Represents the Public (3 positions available)
Each position is appointed for a two (2) year term. *Chair-elect is a one (1) year term.
How do you qualify to serve on the Committee? It’s simple!
Have time to attend the quarterly Brain Injury Advisory Committee Meetings
Have a willingness to participate in an orientation process with regard to individuals with brain injury and the Brain Injury Advisory Committee
Have time to work on at least one workgroup
What are the expectations if elected to the Committee?
Serve for a two (2) year term January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021. Chair-elect will serve January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 and will automatically become Chair January 1, 2021.
Attend/participate in quarterly Committee meetings in person (or via phone if on-site elsewhere). Only two unexcused absences.
Nominate yourself or another member you know that would be a perfect fit for one of our many positions. The final day to submit a nomination is Friday, April 26, 2019. For any questions, ask a current Brain Injury Advisory Committee member or Membership Committee member!
Once we receive your nomination form, the Membership Committee will review your information and reach out if we have additional questions. The Membership election will occur at the October 17, 2019 in-person Brain Injury Advisory Committee meeting. All applicants will be contacted following the outcome of this meeting.
Membership Committee Members
Dan Arnold email@example.com
Monica Lichi firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Ramsey email@example.com
Danielle Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Stachowski email@example.com
THE BIAOH 2019 TBI SUMMIT
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
Ohio State University Discovery Themes
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital
Crowley Family Memorial Fund
Neuroscience Research Institute Ohio State University
OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital
Proctor and Gamble Corporation
Dell’s Homemade Ice Cream & Coffee
Hanson House Presented by The Law Firm of Tittle & Perlmuter
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.
CROWLEY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE 2019 TBI SUMMIT
The Brain Injury Association of Ohio thanks the family of Brian Crowley for donations given in his memory. These donations supported scholarships to the 2019 TBI Summit, allowing brain injury survivors who would not otherwise been able to attend due to the financial constraints of the BIAOH. We also remember his mother, Joanne Crowley, President of BIAOH in the 1990s. Her dedication to her family and providing education and advocacy for those with brain injury made BIAOH who we are today. We are deeply grateful for their support of BIAOH in our mission to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS CONFIRMED FOR 2019 TBI SUMMIT
5.0 Hours of continuing education credits have been confirmed by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. These credits are available to Licensed Independent Social Workers, Registered Social Worker Assistants, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselors.
8.0 Hours of continuing education credits have been confirmed for Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Certified Brain Injury Specialists. These hours include attendance at the Poster Presentations and Lightning Talks. If you are unable to attend this session, CEU hours will be prorated as appropriate.
6.75 Hours of continuing education credits have been confirmed for Speech Language Audiologists and Pathologists.
6.25 Hours of continuing education have been approved for Nurses.
Our New Board of Trustees Is Here!
We were pleased to announce our new Board of Trustees at our Annual Meeting of the Membership that took place on November 8, 2018. Please join us in welcoming:
Stephanie Ramsey, President
Emily Smith, 1st VP
Kim Bergstrom, 2nd VP
Jacqueline Stanton, Secretary
Laura Holtsberry, Kedar Hiremath, Christine Koterba, Jonathan Pedrick, Melissa Volk and Greg Wagner, Members-at-Large
More information about our Board of Trustees is coming soon!
The power point presentation from the Annual Meeting is available on our news page. Click on "News" under "News & Events" above to find the post