Brain injury Awareness Month

Did you know March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? This is a great time to participate in support groups, attend online social events about brain injury, and chat with policy makers about the importance of brain injury resources in your community.

Brain Injury Awareness Day is May 11, 2022. 

"Many people with disabilities have their lives defined for them. The #MoreThanMyBrainInjury campaign gives individuals a chance to overcome those definitions, allowing them to tell their own stories and change the narrative of their lives." - Brain Injury Association of America website


Do you want to make March 2022 Brain Injury Awareness Month in your area? Here's the wording from when the Alaska House made March 2022 Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Please feel free to take it, adjust it for your area, and use it to raise awareness about traumatic and acquired brain injuries!

WHEREAS the month of March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to
recognize the prevalence of brain injuries and help improve quality of life for individuals who
have sustained a brain injury; and
WHEREAS the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a traumatic brain
injury as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow,
or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury; and
WHEREAS traumatic and acquired brain injuries can happen to anyone and can bring

a lifetime of secondary health conditions, including persistent concussion symptoms, post-
traumatic stress injury, physical impairment, developmental delays, paralysis, cognitive and

behavioral problems, suicidal thoughts, and a greater risk for dementia, including
Alzheimer's, which may present lifelong challenges for individuals and their families; and
WHEREAS traumatic brain injuries, which often result from motor vehicle accidents,
falls, assaults, domestic violence, and sports and occupational injuries, are largely preventable; and
WHEREAS the rate of identified traumatic and acquired brain injuries in the state is
significantly higher than the national rate; and
WHEREAS between 3,200,000 and 5,300,000 Americans live with long-term
disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injuries; and
WHEREAS, in 2016, approximately 27,000,000 new cases of traumatic brain injuries
were reported worldwide; and
WHEREAS the Brain Injury Association of America reports that every nine seconds
someone in the United States sustains a brain injury; and
WHEREAS approximately 137 people die every day in the United States because of
traumatic brain injury-related injuries; and
WHEREAS traumatic and acquired brain injuries may lead to homelessness,
substance or alcohol misuse, criminal behavior, domestic violence, or incorrectly diagnosed
mental or behavioral health disorders; and
WHEREAS access to education, assessment, support, and care can greatly improve
quality of life for an individual who has suffered a traumatic or acquired brain injury and
enable the individual to return to the individual's home, school, workplace, and community,
reducing the overall cost of care; and
WHEREAS, during the past decade, an increase in research dedicated to traumatic
brain injury has improved understanding of the long-lasting, dynamic nature of the
pathophysiology resulting from, and the brain's capacity to adapt in response to, traumatic
brain injury; and
WHEREAS policymakers have a responsibility to promote the safety and well-being

of our communities, including prevention of brain injuries, through resolutions and person-
centered policies; and

WHEREAS the global project Unmasking Brain Injury and other similar projects
seek to give survivors of traumatic and acquired brain injuries a voice, to promote brain injury
awareness and education, and to eliminate stigma and discrimination by showing that an
individual living with a brain injury deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and
compassion and deserves full inclusion in the individual's community; and
WHEREAS Brain Injury Awareness Month is recognized by the Department of Defense; and
WHEREAS, since 2000, over 339,462 service members have sustained traumatic
brain injuries;
BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives proclaims March 2021 as
Brain Injury Awareness Month and encourages residents of the state to further public
awareness of the effects of brain injuries and the importance of taking steps to prevent brain


line one your health connection

Listen to the Alaska Public Media radio interview between host Prentiss Pemberton, LCSW and Annette Alfonsi, Alaska Partnerfor the Unmasking Brain Injury project and Dr. Marie Alfonsi, traumatic brain injury advocate.


line one your health connection

Listen to the Alaska Public Mediaradio interview between host Prentiss Pemberton, LCSW and Patty Raymond Turner, MPH, Regional Education Coordinator (Alaska and Hawaii), Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.


keynote in columbus

Listen to the keynote presentation from the Mount Carmel TBI Symposium in Columbus, OH given by Darcy Keith, TBI Advocate and "The Queen of Survival".


2015 TBI conference in anchorage, alaska

Watch the YouTube video of Amy Murphy, DO and Marie Smith, PT as they share their insights about traumatic brain injury assessment and treatment. (We don't like the disclaimer but we were asked to include it.)


get schooled on concussions

"Making concussion manageable in the classroom."


pink concussions

"PINK Concussions is the FIRST EVER non-profit organization to focus on pre-injury education and post-injury medical care for women and girls with brain injury including concussion incurred from sport, violence, accidents or military service. "

"Cavin Balaster is a severe traumatic brain injury survivor who was given less than a 10% chance of recovery beyond a persistent vegetative state...He is the creator of,, host of the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast, and author of How to Feed a Brain: Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Repair."


advocacy through writing

"Carole Starr’s life changed forever in 1999, when she sustained a brain injury in a car accident. ..She’s now an inspiring national keynote speaker, the author of the award-winning brain injury book To Root & To Rise:  Accepting Brain Injury and the founder and facilitator of Brain Injury Voices, a nationally-recognized survivor education, advocacy and peer mentoring volunteer group."

"Suffering from chronic pain can be incredibly isolating and frustrating...If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain, this book can be a first step to understanding treatments that can help manage pain."

Brain injury survivors often experience chronic pain due to other accompanying injuries, and these issues should be taken seriously.

"This wonderful story is inspiring. A professor of artificial intelligence loses much of his higher function after an auto accident... He is ultimately referred to a neuro-optometrist who studies both the visual and the non-visual roles of the retina for the brain. Through exercises and progressive changes of glasses, his visual and mental function are restored and his professional and personal life regained..."

"Featured as a single volume, this is a comprehensive guide to possible nerve entrapment syndromes and their management. Each chapter covers a single nerve, or group of closely related nerves, and goes over the clinical presentation, anatomy, physical exam, differential diagnosis, contributing factors, injection techniques, neurolytic/surgical techniques, treatments of perpetuating factors, and complications. "

This book is designed for the health care practitioner.


unmasking brain injury

Thought to be the largest global brain injury awareness project of its type, Unmasking Brain Injury is transforming the landscape of brain injury awareness through art.

Contact to host a mask making event in Alaska with people who have experienced any type of traumatic or acquired brain injury. Contact the Unmasking website to host a mask making event outside of Alaska.

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