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...

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...

NeuroRehabilitation 2017

NeuroRehabilitation 2017

BIAU Board President Elle Sugerman recently attended NeuroRehabilitation 2017, which was presented in association with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Harvard Medical School’s Continuing Education Program. Many of the country’s most experienced and committed neurorehabilitation experts presented cutting-edge clinical interventions, the latest findings, practical education, and hands-on methods to further expertise in guiding persons after CNS Trauma to their maximum level of function. During the conference, Dr. Sugerman had the opportunity to individually meet with Marilyn Price Spivack, the founder of the National Head Injury Foundation, which gave birth to the Brain Injury...

NEW! Yoga TBI Support Group

NEW! Yoga TBI Support Group

Free Alignment Yoga session focusing on Mindfulness Meditation Full Circle Yoga on 1719 South Main Street, SLC, UT 84115 4:00 PM on the first Friday of every month People can contact adam@biau.org with questions.  Bring a yoga mat if you have one, if not, we do have them...

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness month! See below for event details!   Brain injuries can have a dramatic impact on a person’s ability to lead an active, fulfilling life. • Every day in Utah, 68 people are treated in an emergency department for a TBI, six people are hospitalized, and one person dies from a TBI. • Falls (52%) were the leading cause of TBI hospitalizations in Utah, followed by transportation realted causes (24%) and sports or recreation activities (21%). • TBI hospitalization rates increase with age; older adults aged 75+ have the highest rates of TBIs. • TBIs resulted in nearly $95 million in hospitalization charges in Utah in 2013; a 10.5% increase from $86 million in 2011. This does not include costs for disability and long-term care, or lost wages. • The age-adjusted rate of TBI hospitalizations had a statistically significant increase from 2011 (816 per 100,000 population) to 2013 (826 per 100,000 population). • The Utah State Legislature established a TBI Fund in 2008. The funds are used to: 1) educate Utahns on TBI treatment and prevention; 2) provide evaluations and assistance in identifying services and resources needed by persons with a TBI for which they may be eligible; and 3) develop an information referral system for persons with a TBI and their families. • Wear a helmet when riding an off-highway vehicle, bicycle, skateboard, or scooter; playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing; using inline skates or riding a skateboard; batting and running bases in baseball or softball; riding a horse; or skiing or snowboarding. • Ask your league, school, or...