Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Newsletter


Project BRAIN Currents Volume XVII, Issue 3 September 2017 Please Vote for Project BRAIN!  

Your vote takes 60 seconds or less and can give Project BRAIN a huge boost with a generous donation from Think Data Insights.   http://www.thinkdatainsights.com/data-analytics-dashboard-giveaway/#VOTE  

1. Click on the link

2. Enter your email (email address will not be shared)

3. Click on the box for Project BRAIN and click VOTE (image of young girl with caption, Madelyn Bittorie, Middle TN student)  

You are already done! We are only one of four finalists, so we have a very good chance to win! Want to know more?  

You can scroll down to watch our 2 minute video and learn how our work benefits students and others. Think Data Insight’s Data Dashboard giveaway is now open for daily voting until Sept 28th with one vote per email address per day. That means you can vote with additional email addresses if you have them!   

What am I voting for exactly?
A well-respected local firm, Think Data Insights, has been creating data analytics and business intelligence solutions for large and small organizations for the last 20 years. Their principals have served nonprofit organizations and others by maximizing efficiencies, economies, and gaining insight and impact by using the data that is generated and captured in everyday operations and community service. To put it simply, they could use Project BRAIN’s data to help us get more bang for our buck. We would like to be the next group for whom they provide their business intelligence expertise so we can propel our mission to support students who have sustained a brain injury.  

If we win, Project BRAIN would receive Think Data Insights’ services worth $35,000 in man hours totally free.  

We really need you to vote for us! Ask others to vote, share it on social media, vote every day! Voting is open now through September 28th. The winner will be announced on Friday, September 29th!  

Tennessee Department of Health Releases “Return to Lean/Return to Play: Concussion Management Guidelines”  

If your school or athletic team has been looking for guidance on concussion, this document has been created by a group of professionals to serve as a resource that covers many aspects of the student’s return to school and return to activity.  This 22 page document can printed as individual pages for reference or as a complete guide for anyone working with athletes or interested in youth sports and concussion/TBI. https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/health/attachments/Returning_to_Learn...

Our Sincere Thanks!  

Project BRAIN did not receive this nomination from Think Data Insights without seventeen amazing years behind us and a network of dedicated professionals who support our mission. We are honored to be nominated among such outstanding Tennessee nonprofits. We are thankful and hopeful for this opportunity.  

We are especially grateful to the people who participated in the video used for this giveaway. Their time and contributions gave us a chance to put a face to our work and we love seeing their faces!  

Thanks to Madelyn Bittorie, Middle TN student; Cel Franklin, Metro Nashville Public Schools; Christine Lowry, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Your help and your time is priceless to us.  

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for Sarah Sampson, TN Disability Coalition. Sarah does so much of the behind the scenes work that makes our outreach shine! Project BRAIN staff and those we serve are fortunate to have such good and talented people in our corner. (image of stars around phrase, “thank you”)   Project BRAIN worked with Jama Mohamed, owner of Fast Media Production, to film and produce the video introducing our program and asking for your vote in this competition. More information about his company is available at:   


Recommended Webinar: Hot Topics and Best Practice in Pediatric TBI

This summer, Project BRAIN staff participated in a fantastic webinar with multiple speakers from different medical professions. The engaging format with new information about rest and recovery was thought provoking for all of us. We enjoyed the chance to learn from this webinar since our focus is more often on the student in the academic setting or return to sports. However, this diverse group of speakers covered TBI data, safety, abuse, and more from a doctor’s perspective.

You can view the webinar in parts or in entirety by visiting their archive. https://depts.washington.edu/hiprc/education/webinar-video-archive/ (image of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and Washington State Department of Heath logos)

Concussion Included in Injuries of Youth Sports A recent USA Today article “One of the biggest youth sports injuries can be prevented,” discusses Concussion/TBI in relation to how many common injuries can be prevented. The article specifically goes into how treatment including proper care and rest works more visibly noticeable physical injuries like knee and ankle sprains, as well as concussion. “Awareness has helped. The likelihood that a concussion will be reported and treated is improving,” said Robert O’Malley, president of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association. “Definitely, there has been an increase in reported symptoms both to athletic trainers at schools and to parents. In addition, fewer parents are objecting to their children being removed from play due to a reported symptom compared to the past.”

The article continues with reference to the removal from play and the risk of re-injury. It is a remarkable to see Concussion/TBI included in sports injury prevention and treatment and given the same emphasis as other injuries.

To read the full article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/19/one-biggest-yo... (image of young girls sitting on bleachers looking at cell phones with caption USA Today Photographer, Carlos Ortiz)

All concussions are TBIs. All concussions are potentially serious.

Our Dear Friend Sue Shaw We would like to remember Sue Shaw, who was a long time friend of ours and a major contributor in the brain injury community. Sue was part of the original group who began the Brain Injury Association of TN, which came before the TN Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program. That program, as many of you know, oversees the TBI Service Coordination, with eight Service Coordinators across who serve survivors and family members. Sue volunteered as a TBI Advisory Council member. She was a graduate of Partners in Policy Making, and was always first an extraordinary caregiver for her son, Bill. Sue was a determined advocate for brain injury survivors and for many years worked tirelessly for the Brain Injury Association of Tennessee.

Thank you for your devotion to helping others, Sue. We are lucky to have known you and you are greatly missed. (image of woman smiling with man in front of Brain Injury Association of Tennessee display)

2017 Upcoming Events

Oct 15-17 TN Department of Education LEAD Conference, Music City Center, Nashville https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/lead-conference

Oct 19-21 TAEYC (formerly TACEE) TN Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Gatlinburg Conference Ctr., Gatlinburg http://www.taeyc.org/index.html

Oct 26-27 TASN (TN Assoc. of School Nurses) Conference, Embassy Suites & Conference Ctr., Murfreesboro, http://tnschoolnurses.com/?page_id=20

Oct 26-27 TASP (TN Assoc. of School Psychologists) Conference, Hilton Downtown 501 West Church Avenue Knoxville http://tasponline.org/

Nov 6 Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council Mtg. Smyrna TN Rehabilitation Ctr. Admin. Building Tennessee Disability Coalition logo

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90TBSG0003, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.  West TN Carrie Carlson Resource Specialist / Trainer Liz Thompson Brain Injury Transition Liaison Middle TN Evan Kersten Resource Specialist / Trainer Teri Powell Brain Injury Transition Liaison Paula Denslow Director East TN Jennifer Rayman Curriculum Coordinator / Trainer Jennifer Lindberg Brain Injury Transition Liaison Project BRAIN 955 Woodland Street Nashville, TN 37206 615-383-9442 For more information: tbi@tndisability.org

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The Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. We work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, healthcare, housing, and voting rights.

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