Summer Newsletter

Summer Newsletter

As a friend of the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, we wanted to let you know first that our summer eNewsletter has been published! Read about what has been happening behind the scenes; from legislative influence, national connections with brain injury advocate leaders, community outreach in our rural areas, and more! Click here to download the newsletter now. You can also read all of the content on our blog. Download your newsletter...

28th Annual Family & Professionals Conference

28th Annual Family & Professionals Conference

The 28th Annual Family & Professionals Conference is fast approaching! Join us on Friday, October 13th at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. We are delighted to announce this year’s keynote speaker is Mark L. Fox, Speech Language Pathologist at Intermountain Healthcare. Our conference theme, “Building Connections for a Brighter Tomorrow,” focuses, not only on rebuilding the neuropathways after traumatic brain injury, but also building the connections of community, friendship and trust amongst survivors, caregivers and professionals. Those of us who have travailed the darkness after brain injury, either personally, in a family, or as a provider have also learned to appreciate the brightness of healing and hope that comes by putting one foot in front of the other and carrying forward each and every day, despite the obstacles. It is our mission to help facilitate that connection for each person whom we serve at the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, and who attends this year’s conference! Conference Award Nominations This year we are awarding four people in our community who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to building connections for a brighter tomorrow: a survivor, a family member, an educator, and professional. You can fill out the attached award nomination, or submit it online. All entries for the award are due on August 7 to be considered. Scholarship Opportunities If you are interested in receiving one our available survivor, family member or licensed educator scholarships, please fill out the attached form, or go to our website and submit it to our office before September 29, 2017. Registration You can register online at www.biau.org/events today! Early...

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

We are consistently told that rural hospital personnel and other medical and mental health providers aren’t aware of the free resources we provide for brain injury survivors. Throughout the summer BIAU’s Executive Director Glenn Lanham is traveling to rural community hospitals to meet with case management staff, discharge planning teams, hospital administrators and other appropriate hospital personnel to inform and educate them about the Utah TBI Fund and the free services offered by the BIAU. In addition to hospitals, we are meeting with community counseling centers, behavioral health facilities, and county government officials. So far we have met with professionals in Payson, Nephi, Mount Pleasant, Gunnison, Beaver, Milford, St. George, and Cedar City. If you live or work in a rural area, and would like to request a presentation by the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, please contact our office at...

The People Behind the Progress

The People Behind the Progress

Have you ever heard of the UBIC? They are a behind-the-scenes organization that may be doing more to help you than you know. The UBIC, the Utah Brain Injury Council, has a singular purpose: “The mission of Utah Brain Injury Council (UBIC) is to advocate for, facilitate, educate and guide the implementation of a permanent and sustainable statewide traumatic brain injury system.” BIAU’s Executive Director, Glenn Lanham, is chairing this committee in 2017. Others involved represent associations who are involved in brain injury support and prevention. Keep up with their plans and progress on Facebook. Search for Brain Injury Council...

Thank You. Sincerely, Your Brain

Thank You.  Sincerely, Your Brain

In 2016, 24,820 Utahns were diagnosed with brain injury, and 5,212 of these were due to sports/recreation accidents – injuries that may have been prevented by helmets. We are working hard to reduce that number! That’s why we offer bicycle helmets for just $5. These helmets are for everyone, toddler to adult. Get yours now at www.biau.org to keep your brain safe. You can have it mailed, or come by for pick up. ADD BIAU ADDRESS: 5280 Commerce Dr., Suite E190, Murray, Utah 84107. Your brain will thank...

If You Can Talk, You Can Help



The BIAU is fortunate to receive funds from the TBI fund. With these funds, we facilitate miracles. But as of today, not all TBI survivors are taking advantage of these incredible resources simply because they do not know the extent of what we can do for them. Can you help us reach them? There are thousands of Utahns who sustain brain injuries every year, and we want every single one of them to walk through our doors. We can help survivors and their families understand what the doctors don’t often explain. We can direct them to the most needed services. For each resource facilitation appointment we provide, free of charge to the recipient, we receive compensation from the TBI Fund. This enables the BIAU to educate, orient, and support TBI survivors totally free of cost. If they are low income and/or do not have insurance, we can also provide many continuing resources at no charge. For example, a neuropsych evaluation is so important to understanding brain injuries, but they are often very expensive. The TBI Fund allows us to help victims with the costs of these costly, yet vitally important diagnostic procedures. It also covers recovery therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, yoga, and caregiver support. Glenn Lanham, BIAU’s Executive Director, is traveling throughout Utah in order to spread the word about these unbelievable resources. He needs your help. The TBI Fund provides services that are absolutely free for anyone with a brain injury! So, can you help us? 1. Spread the word. If you hear of a fall, an accident, or a hospitalization, take a...

Yoga, Climbing and Reading Support Groups

Yoga, Climbing and Reading Support Groups

The BIAU has established new partnerships with Full Circle Yoga and Momentum Climbing in an effort to broaden our outreach and support to the brain injury community. Also, a new youth support group for children with brain injury, Story Time with Mrs. Bee, began this month! The yoga, climbing and story time sessions are each scheduled monthly. We will seek additional private funding to grow these valuable...

If You Live in Washington County, We’ve Got Good News!



One of the challenges the BIAU faces is a lack of resources for those who are not along the Wasatch Front. To help solve that problem, the BIAU, in partnership with Intermountain Healthcare, has initiated a new support group in St. George, for those in Washington County. This brain injury support group is facilitated by healthcare professionals who have a passion for providing extraordinary care to our community. The format will include breakout groups for caregivers and survivors of brain injury. The forum includes educational opportunities as well as open discussion. You can help us kickstart the program by participating! If you have any questions or would like more information about the support group, please contact Spencer Poulson at (435) 251-6817. Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group Presented by The Southern Utah Neurosciences Institute Taylor Health Sciences Building, 1526 S Medical Center Drive, St. George 6:00 p.m. 4th Wednesday of Every...

The Easiest Way to Spend 3 Months in Jail: Text & Drive



Texting & Driving Is Deadly Consequences for texting while driving could include 3 months in jail and/or a $750 fine.* If an officer sees you on his phone, he doesn’t need another excuse, he can pull you over and ticket you. Texting while driving is classified as a misdemeanor. 13.5% of all TBI incidences are results of motor vehicle accidents.** These strict Utah phone use laws are a major effort to prevent traumatic brain injuries. In this law’s first year, over 1,600 texters were pulled over and 126 crashes were a result of phone use.*** TBI Also Caused From Falls Though we often think of car accidents when we talk about TBIs, a surprising 46.7% of traumatic brain injuries are results of falls.** The state may not have any laws about prevention in this area, but there are some things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from these kinds of TBIs: • Exercise helps you maintain good balance and strength. • Removing clutter that could cause a fall. Remember, prevention is a personal decision. Will you commit to avert TBIs by not using your phone when driving? Will you help yourself and your family avoid falls by keeping walkways clear of clutter? Do your part to protect. *http://www.drivinglaws.org/utah.php **http://www.health.utah.gov/vipp/topics/traumatic-brain-injury/...

Do one of the following apply to you? If so, we ask a favor.



You have an Acquired Brain Injury Acquired (ABI) and oxygen related brain injuries are often just as difficult to cope with as TBI, including strokes, illnesses, substance abuse, and tumors. Resources are not as readily available for ABI victims. If you have an ABI and need support, please call us for a free consultation. Your work supports TBI survivors One of our main goals is to get TBI survivors back to normal life, including work. If your profession includes supporting brain injury survivors, including therapy, medical or educational support, we want you as part of our referral network. Please contact us today. You are looking for a meaningful place to contribute Financial resources are the waters of life in the game of public service. We rely on Utah’s TBI Fund, as well as corporate sponsors and private donations to provide free resource facilitation and services to those who walk through our doors. Please make a contribution to our cause! • Monthly or One-Time Private Donation • Corporate Sponsorships • Conference Scholarship Contribution Donate online!...