Brain Injury Awareness Day – March 22

general-flyer_page_001If you could help circulate this, it would be greatly appreciated. I have the attached flyers (that you can view below as PDF’s) printed out, and would be happy to come bring more to you if you’re interested.

We reserved space in the VA auditorium on 3/22 from 1-4 pm for a small TBI symposium. We’re still ironing out the specifics, but it’ll have elements of a resource fair, with some interactive activities, showcase some research, and include a talk by Kelvin Lim, MD. Please let me know if you’re interested in attending, and please feel free to disseminate this to other interested parties.

DVBIC recently announced that the theme for BIAM 2017 is called Think Ahead. The theme includes prevention, identification and treatment subthemes – Be safe. Know the signs. Get help.

Some of the messages that DVBIC will be broadcasting via social media include:

Since 2000, more than 350,000+ service members were diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Support #BIAmonth and our military community by joining the #ThinkAhead hashtag campaign.

Line leaders, service members and veterans: Learn the basics of #TBI and when to get checked out during #BIAmonth. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/recognize

U.S. Navy SEAL Brain O’Rourke’s wife noticed his symptoms of insomnia, irritability and anxiety. Her awareness helped lead to his #TBI diagnosis. Share his inspirational story of recovery throughout #BIAmonth. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/blog/tbi-diagnosis-helped-save-family

After an incident such as a fall, motor vehicle collision, or sports-related injury, medical personnel look for signs of a TBI. Learn how service members are screened for possible brain injuries with @Military Health. http://www.health.mil/military-health-topics/conditions-and-treatments/physical-disability/traumatic-brain-injury/TBI-Screening

U.S. Army veteran Randy Gross uses his previous experiences with brain injury to help connect with service members and show them that recovery is possible. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/blog/veteran-who-sustained-tbi-helps-fellow-service-members-brain-injury-care

MYTH: #TBI only affects individual service members, not the unit. FACT: #TBI affects a unit’s readiness and retention. Stay mission ready and prevent #TBI in garrison with tips from @A Head for the Future. http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture/materials

Know the symptoms of concussion with this #DVBIC fact sheet: https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/files/resources/DVBIC_SS_Mild-TBI_FactSheet_2015-09-23_English.pdf

I have a wealth of new handouts, charts, etc. please let me know if you’re interested and I can bring them to you.

general flyer.pdf

symposium flyer.pdf

Best,

  • Justin Heesakker M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. OM
  • Regional Education Coordinator
  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
  • Contractor-General Dynamics Health Solutions
  • Minneapolis VA Medical Center
  • One Veterans Drive
  • Minneapolis, MN 55417
  • Office: (612) 629-7489
  • Mobile: (612) 443-7683
  • Justin.Heesakker@va.gov
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