Brain Links


  Brain Injury State Partnership Grant:  Brain Links


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The Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Program was awarded a three-year Traumatic Brain Injury State Partnership Program grant from the Administration on Community living to create and strengthen a system of services and supports that maximizes the independence, well-being and health of people with TBI across the lifespan.

Mission:  Enriching the lives of Tennesseans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) by training and empowering the professionals serving them.

  • Brain Links is a statewide team of brain injury specialists

  • We equip professionals with current, TBI research-based training and tools to enable them to better serve people with TBI of all ages

  • We provide:
    • Evidence-based TBI trainings tailored to your discipline

    • Certificates for educational credits

    • Toolkits for screening, symptom tracking, reference, parent education and communication with schools

    • Assistance with goal writing and treatment plan development support for rehabilitation, direct service support and related services

    • Educational resources including parent-friendly educational materials

    • Resources for return to home, school or work settings

  • Trainings are provided at no cost and are tailored to your schedule and continuing education unit needs. For more information contact Brain Links at: 615-515-8616 or

Brain Links Team

Photo:  Wendy Ellmo, Middle TN, Paula Denslow, Director, Carrie Carlson, West TN and Jennifer Rayman, East TN.


TN Return to Learn/ Return to Play:  Concussion Management Guidelines


CDC and AAP Release Online Training for Healthcare Providers on Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)


HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers is a free online training developed by CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Upon completing the training, healthcare providers can earn 2.0 continuing education credits through AAP.

This new training seeks to equip healthcare providers with practical strategies to care for young patients with an mTBI, and emphasizes five key practice-changing recommendations outlined in the CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline. These include:

  1. Do not routinely image pediatric patients to diagnose mTBI.
  2. Use validated, age-appropriate symptom scales to diagnose mTBI.
  3. Assess evidence-based risk factors for prolonged recovery, including: history of mTBI or other brain injury, severe symptom presentation immediately after the injury, and personal characteristics and family history (such as learning difficulties and family and social stressors).
  4. Provide patients with instructions on returning to activity customized to their symptoms.
  5. Counsel patients to return gradually to non-sports activities after no more than a 2-3 days of rest.

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  • Clinicians: The new HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers online training is LIVE! Developed by @CDC and @AmerAcadPeds, the training provides guidance on mTBI diagnosis and management. Plus, earn free continuing education credits. #TBI #CDCHEADSUP #ConcussionTraining
  • Clinicians: There are actions you can take to improve the health of young patients with mTBI. Take the @CDC and @AmerAcadPeds HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers training with free continuing education. #TBI #CDCHEADSUP #ConcussionTraining


Project BRAIN 2000 - 2018  Brain Resource And Information Network

Project BRAIN was a resource and training network for educators, families, and health professionals who support students in Tennessee with Traumatic Brain Injury. Our mission was to improve the educational outcomes for our students. Traumatic Brain Injuries can happen to any one at any time, and a concussion counts! A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States.

Although TBI is very common, many medical and education professionals may not realize that some difficulties can be caused by a childhood brain injury. Often, students with TBI are thought to have a learning disability, emotional disturbance, or receive other misdiagnoses. As a result, they don’t receive the type of educational help and support they really need.

Project BRAIN addressed how best to support students with TBI through collaborative efforts across Tennessee.

"At a Glance" Overview of Project BRAIN 

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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.

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