What Can NASHIA Do For Your State? by Rebeccah Wolfkiel, Executive Director National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)


Rebeccah gave an update on the federal policy landscape and discussed NASHIA’s process for determining federal policy priorities. She also provided tips for successful advocacy practices.

Rebeccah joined NASHIA as Executive Director in January 2018. She brings over fifteen years of experience in promoting policies that provide resources for individuals with brain injury, and their families. In her role as Executive Director, Rebeccah is committed to representing the interests of State governments and supporting the unique and integral role they play within the service delivery system.

Resilience After Brain Injury: Evidence, Innovations, and Ways Forward, Presented by Kyla Pearce , MPH, PhD, RYT, CBIS


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The Use of Apps within the Brain Injury Community, presented by Michelle Wild


Return to School Following Brain Injury, presented by Melissa McCart


Intimate Partner Violence, presented by Eve Valera, PhD


Repetitive brain injuries are not just for athletes and military personnel: Understanding the prevalence and mechanisms of brain injuries in women victims of intimate-partner violence.

Connection, Loneliness, and Finding Meaning presented by Kate Kerkmans


Human connection is essential to all aspects of life. Anyone who has experienced loneliness can attest to this. Now, we have evidence of the effects of connection on our health and well-being. The long-term impact of loneliness and social isolation are measurable and serious. They impact individuals, families, communities, and our health systems at large. Survivors of injuries to the brain, as well as caregivers and professionals know that social isolation is a significant concern in the brain injury community, further exacerbated by the recent pandemic. Kate Kerkmans will explore the impacts of connection and loneliness as well as what tangible actions can be taken to build and improve meaningful connection in all of our lives.

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USBIA Year in Review 2021


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Supporting Survivors of Brain Injury in a Criminal Justice Setting


Presented by Liam Donevan, Program Manager – Criminal Justice System, Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. Studies have shown that the prevalence of brain injuries in the justice-involved population is significantly higher than in the general population. One recent meta analysis found that 60% of justice-involved individuals are living with a brain injury compared to just 8-10% of the general population. This webinar will cover the unique challenges that brain injury survivors face when navigating the justice system and the initiatives Colorado has undertaken to address this crisis.

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Brain Injury as a Chronic Condition presented by Dr. Flora Hammond and Dr. John Corrigan


Growing evidence demonstrates brain injury can be a chronic, dynamic health condition with persistent health and psychosocial issues. There is expert consensus that chronic brain injury must be identified and proactively managed as a lifelong condition to improve health, independent function, and societal participation. Chronic brain injury requires a comprehensive model for this proactive management encompassing health system modifications, professional education, self-management strategies for individuals and caregivers, and community-based services and supports. This presentation will review data supporting chronic brain injury as a dynamic condition, describe components of a so-called “disease management” approach and share progress and plans for the BeHEALTHY project.

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The New Age of Concussion: Refining Diagnosis and Treatment by Dr. Gerard A. Gioia


Dr. Gioia, Chief, Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Director of Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program at Children’s National Hospital will discuss with Geoff Lauer, Executive Director of BIA Iowa and Chair of USBIA the latest research evidence and its application to guide 1) a focus on active rehabilitation, 2) definition of subtypes of concussion that relate to targeted treatments, and 3) applying this new evidence to better track recovery progress and allow us to better predict likelihood of delayed recovery or not.

Grieving the Loss of Normal by Gina Pollard, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist


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Dr. Alina Fong and Dr. Jaycie Loewen – Cognitive and Social Effects of COVID-19 on TBI Survivors and Caregivers


Dr. Suzanne O’Connor – The Next Frontier for the Opioid Crisis


Dr. Tamara McLeod – Mental Health Considerations with Concussion


Dr. Ileana Ratiu – The Impact of Brain Injury on Bilingual Language and Cognition


Dr. Jessica Brown – Applying the CDC Guidelines for Effective Care of Children Following Mild TBI


Katie Pierce – Concussion and Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction Diagnosis and Treatment


Katie Pierce – Five Reasons Why Post-Concussive Symptoms Persist


Resource Facilitation and Its Impact in Indiana


COVID 19 and Neurological Functioning by Dr. Michael Hall


Clubhouse Works for People with Brain Injury! Webinar


Post Concussive Headache


Brain Injury, Self-Care, & Pain Management


Sleep and Brain Injury


Best Practices for Support Groups