Title

NDBIN celebrates Brain Injury Awareness Month

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

3-4-2015

Campus Unit

School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Abstract

Grand Forks, N.D.—March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) invites the public to learn about network services by attending open houses being held across North Dakota.

Brain injury is a leading cause of disability in the United States. Brain injuries can occur from car crashes, falls, sports injuries, strokes, tumors, infection, and other causes. An estimated 3,693 individuals sustain a traumatic brain injury each year in North Dakota.

“Brain injury is sometimes called an invisible disability,” said Rebecca Quinn, program director for the NDBIN. “Individuals often show no outward signs of their injury. Effects of a brain injury can be anything from interruptions in cognitive functioning to personality changes to physical impairments. There are more than 13,000 North Dakotans currently living with a long-term disability as a result of a brain injury.”

NDBIN provides information and support to individuals with brain injury and their family members. Resource facilitators provide services such as outreach, education, peer support, and a referral service. Stop by an open house to learn about these services.

  • March 5, noon to 4 p.m., UND Bookstore, 775 Hamline Street, Grand Forks
  • March 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N., Fargo
  • March 10, 4 to 6 p.m., Memorial Building at the Ramsey County Courthouse, 524 Fourth Ave. N.E., Devils Lake
  • March 11, 4 to 6 p.m., Independence Inc., 300 Third Ave. S.W., Suite F, Minot
  • March 16, 2 to 4 p.m., Dakota Center for Independent Living, 3111 E. Broadway Ave., Bismarck
  • March 25, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. MDT, Dakota Center for Independent Living, 26 E. First St., Dickinson

The North Dakota Brain Injury Network is a project of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The North Dakota Department of Human Services provides funding to support the work of NDBIN.

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