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When members of the Texas Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI) team visited with local leaders in Northeast Texas this past summer they were impressed with the interest and commitment to addressing brain injury, a critical public health issue, at the local level. OABI then partnered with the University of Texas in Tyler, the Center for Rural Community Health, The Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council (RAC-G), Department of State Health Services Region 4/5 (DSHS), and others to create the Northeast Texas Brain Injury Coalition (NETBIC).  NETBIC has two major goals: 1) to educate local health care providers and other related professionals about brain injury, and 2) to provide the best possible care for brain injury survivors and their families in the community.

To kick off this awareness raising movement a one day Brain Injury Summit is being held on April 13th at UT Health Northeast. Participants will gain knowledge on many facets of brain injury, and will participate in the development of action plans for the prevention of brain injury, intervention and identification efforts, and the improvement of long-term services and supports in the community.  To get an idea of what participants will learn, please see the schedule below or contact RAC-G at 903-593-4722 & [email protected]

TX Brain Injury Summit Schedule

7:30 – 8:30: Registration
Network with fellow professionals while enjoying coffee & a continental breakfast

8:30 –    9:00: Welcome
Summary of the purpose and goals of the Northeast Texas Brain Injury Coalition

9:00 –    10:00: Brain Injury – The Hidden Epidemic
Find out the extent of brain injury in Texas and in the Northeast region.

10:00 – 10:15: Break

10:15 – 11:15: Prevention of Brain Injury – Don’t Hurt Your Head!
Learn about several prevention programs in Northeast Texas directed at the prevention of ATV injuries, motor vehicle crashes, abusive head trauma, and sports related injuries.

11:15 – 12:15: Treatment of Brain Injury – Healing the Damage
Gain insight into the healing process after brain injury, and what it takes for a brain injury survivor to return to living, learning, working, and playing in their community.

12:15 – 12:45: Break

12:45 – 2:00 Lunch and Long-term Care Panel
What can a brain injury survivor and their family expect when they go home? Enjoy lunch while listening to brain injury survivors and their families share their experiences and gained wisdom.

2:00   – 3:30: Break-Out Planning Groups
Meet with other professionals to decide on next steps in Northeast Texas for:
– Preventing brain injury
– Identifying and treating brain injury survivors and their families
– Keeping quality of life at the forefront when providing long-term care in the community

3:30 – 3:45: Break

3:45 – 4:30: Planning groups reconvene to report on discussions and action plans.

4:30: Adjourn