Iowa State Plan for Brain Injury 2013-2018

(2014) Iowa State Plan for Brain Injury 2013-2018. Public Health, Department of

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Abstract

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) impacts the lives of thousands of Iowans each year. The effects of brain injury (often called the "silent epidemic" because resulting injury is often not visible to others) are cognitive, emotional, and social but may also result in physical disability. This state plan, created by the Governor's Advisory Council on Brain Injuries, is intended to provide guidance for brain injury services and prevention activities in Iowa. This is the fourth Iowa State Plan for Brain Injury. In addition to a statewide needs assessment, development of this plan included recommendations made by the Mental Health and Disability Services Redesign Brain Injury Work-group. For the first time in the history of TBI surveillance in Iowa, the numbers and rates of TBI deaths are decreasing, however hospitalizations and emergency department visits resulting from TBI are steadily increasing. This trend is likely due to the decrease in motor vehicle accidents and improved hospitalization protocols. Looking to the future, the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries identified goals in each of four focus areas. These focus areas are: #1 Individual and family access; dedicated to the enhancement of the lives of individuals with brain injuries and their families. #2 Service and support availability; #3 Service system enhancements; continued funding growth and public awareness campaigns that draw attention to the impact of brain injury. #4 Brain injury prevention; working to prevent and reduce three of the most common causes of brain injury are falls, no helmet use, and motor vehicle crashes.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Brain Injury; Traumatic Brain Injury; TBI; Prevention; State Plan;
Subjects: Social issues and programs > Aging
Social issues and programs > Children and youth
Social issues and programs > Disabilities
ID Code: 17257
Deposited By: Margaret Ferguson
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2014 12:58
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2014 12:58
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/17257