Media Advisory

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Cecile Erwin Young
HHS Executive Commissioner
Date:March 1, 2021
Contact:
Ty Bishop, 512-424-6951

HHSC Hosting Virtual Conference and Weekly Webinars for Brain Injury Awareness Month

AUSTIN – In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is hosting a virtual conference and webinar series in March. The events celebrate the achievements of people living with a brain injury and provide awareness and education about brain injuries and treatment options.

“The effects of each survivor’s brain injury are unique to them and require a recovery plan that’s catered to their specific needs,” said HHSC Brain Injury Programs Manager Christine Medeiros. “We work with survivors and their families to help them get the appropriate supports, resources, education and rehabilitation services for recovery. We are with them every step of the way as they work to regain their independence.”

More than 380,000 Texans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are slips and falls, vehicle crashes, violence and explosions.

The 2021 Texas Brain Injury Conference is being held March 25 and 26. State and national experts will discuss topics including health disparities and racial equity for brain injury treatment, brain injuries related to strokes and cardiovascular disease, the emotional needs of brain injury survivors and education.

HHSC is also hosting a weekly one-hour webinar series each Wednesday throughout March. The webinars will focus on various topics, including brain injuries related to substance use or domestic violence and how brain injuries affect the veteran population. The conference and webinars are free and open to the public. For information and to register for these events, see the webinar series schedule and the conference schedule.

To commemorate Brain Injury Awareness month statewide, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation this year to recognize the awareness month and survivors of brain injuries.

About Brain Injury Programs
The Texas Health and Human Services Brain Injury Programs include Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services and the Office of Acquired Brain Injury. These programs connect brain injury survivors to resources and person-centered services and supports, and they raise awareness about how to prevent brain injuries.

About National Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes Brain Injury Awareness Month each March as an important opportunity to bring attention to the prevention of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to promote strategies to improve the quality of life for people living with TBI and their families.