Advisory Council on Brain Injuries

Brain Injury Public Forums

The Advisory Council on Brain Injuries, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health, is hosting public forums to gather input from individuals with brain injury, their families, service providers, advocates and other stakeholders.  Information about the current state of brain injury in Iowa, including barriers people are experiencing to receiving services and supports as well as potential solutions, will be used to inform the development of the next brain injury state plan.

June 12, 5:00 - 6:30pm - ChildServe, 5406 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston

June 13, 5:00 - 6:30pm - Exceptional Persons Inc, Deery Center 3675 University Ave, Waterloo

June 27, 5:00-6:30pm Briar Cliff University, Heelan Hall, 3303 Rebecca St, Sioux City

July 5, 5:00-6:30pm Webinar/virtual meeting  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7549062501728596226

July 6, 5:00-6:30 Uptown Bill's Coffee Shop, 730 S Dubuque St, Iowa City

July 17, 5:00-6:30pm Mason City Public Library, 225 2nd St SE, Mason City

For more information, or to request an ADA accommodation for full participation, please contact Maggie Ferguson at 515-281-8465 or maggie.ferguson@idph.iowa.gov

Please feel free to share this flyer to help promote the forums  PDF

Introducing "REAP" - Good Concussion Management for Iowa

The Department of Public Health, along with the Department of Education and the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, is excited to endorse REAP, a post-concussion management model from Colorado which as been adapted for Iowa.  REAP stands for Remove/Reduce, Educate, Adjust/Accommodate, and Pace.  This program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to concussion management through symptom tracking and monitoring during the Return to Learn process.  This model is based on best practice concussion management information and need to "Return to Learn" before to "Return to Play."  

Individuals, schools, and organizations wishing to learn more about concussions and REAP, or to request technical assistance for developing concussion management policies, should contact the Brain Injury Program at 515-281-8465 or by emailing Maggie.Ferguson@idph.iowa.gov. 

REAP manual  PDF

Letter from IDoE, IDPH, and BIA-IA introducing REAP  PDF

March 2017 Brain Injury Awareness

Month Activities

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2017 Governor's Proclamation of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month PDF

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month - Iowa article

Each year, thousands of Iowans experience a brain injury.  A car crash, a fall on the ice, or a hard bump on the head can cause what is known as 'traumatic brain injury' or TBI. Other types of brain injury can be caused from a stroke, lack of oxygen, or concussion.  Often, the complications of brain injury, which include changes in thinking, language, or even general emotions, are often missed.  Because of this, a brain injury is often called a silent epidemic. Thursday, March 2, Governor Branstad signed a proclamation designating March as Brain Injury Awareness month in Iowa.

The Iowa Brain Injury Program was highlighted in two national newsletters during March 2017. 

Interested in Advocacy and Impacting Systems Change?  Join the ACBI!

The ACBI is also continuously recruiting for new members, both individuals with lived experience and professionals, to join the council.  Terms are for two years and members are expected to participate in quarterly in person meetings; phone based meetings may also be required periodically for work on special projects.

To apply, complete an online application or download the paper application below and send to: Gubernatorial Appointments, Governor's Office, State Capital, Des Moines, IA  50319.

ACBI application  PDF file

Members of the public are always welcome and encouraged to attend the quarterly meetings of the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries (ACBI) and to participating on the council task force sub-committees. For more information about the council meetings, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/brain-injuries/meetings.

Who We Are

In 1989, the Iowa Legislature established the Advisory Council on Head Injuries. The council was created in response to the needs of Iowans with head injuries for a comprehensive service delivery system. Since its creation, the name has appropriately changed and is now called the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries. Voting members of the council are appointed by the governor and serve two-year terms. Ex-Officio Members are non-voting representatives of state government departments that have relationships to brain injury.

ACBI Brochure PDF

The Mission of the Advisory Council 

The council’s mission is to represent individuals with brain injury, their families, and all Iowans through advocacy, education, training, rehabilitation, research and prevention. By means of these efforts, the council brings about awareness to others and services as a source of hope and healing to survivors of brain injury. The council will accomplish this mission through the following activities:

  • Studying the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.
  • Making recommendations regarding the planning, development, and administration of a comprehensive statewide service delivery system.
  • Promoting and implementing injury prevention strategies.

Important Links

  • Governor's appointed boards and commissions - Advisory Council on Brain Injuries View current list of board members and access application to apply for appointment to this council. Applications are accepted year round and appointments are announced in June of each year. Member terms are for two years.
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIA-IA) informational site, funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health's Brain Injury Program. Funds are provided through the Administration for Community Living's TBI Grant Program and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
  • Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) informational site, funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health's Brain Injury Program. Funds are provided through the Administration for Community Living's TBI Grant Program and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
  • HCBS Brain Injury Waiver - Learn more about Iowa's Home and Community Based waivers, including the Brain Injury Waiver. Many waiver programs currently have waiting lists; to learn more click the subheading "HCBS Waiver Waiting List Information."
  • Home and Community Based Services Brain Injury Training Modules This course (or equivalent) is required for HCBS/BI waiver service provision.

Iowa State Plan for Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Surveillance Reports

Other Resources

Other TBI Websites of Interest

For more information contact the Council's staff: Maggie Ferguson, Brain Injury Program Manager, at (515) 281-8465