April 26, 2021

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, the HHS Texas Brain Injury Programs hosted a free virtual conference and webinar series, “Bridging Silos: Connecting Systems of Care with a Person-Centered Approach.”

Christine Medeiros, Brain Injury Programs manager, said the events were a powerful initiative to promote positive change. “The inspirational webinars and conference educated attendees on person-centered practices. The motivating speakers equipped them with the skills needed to bridge silos and implement these practices in their work to impact the lives of the people they support.”

More than 1,400 people from across the United States attended the conference or at least one of the webinars, with many more attending more than one event.

“It is clear that Texas is thoughtfully incorporating person-centered approaches into their service delivery systems that support people living with brain injuries,” said Rebeccah Wolfkiel, executive director of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators and webinar presenter. “The conference and webinar series, which highlighted national experts and leading practices, was yet another example of Texas’ leadership and commitment to supporting families impacted by brain injury.”

More than 5.3 million Americans are living with disabilities related to brain injuries, which can occur in a matter of seconds and have lasting effects on a person’s life as well as their family members’ lives.

Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council member, and Hope After Brain Injury vice president and traumatic brain injury survivor, Patti Foster also spoke at the conference.

“It was user-friendly and easily accessible to anybody in Texas, and around the world for that matter, who wanted to join in and gain some practical, person-centered possibilities of how to practically cope with brain injury and its lasting effects,” Foster said. “Deana Adams and I took an educational, yet compelling, person-centered approach with our presentation. As a Ph.D. and founder of Hope After Brain Injury, Adams equipped the audience with mental and emotional hope tools that people can use after brain injury. I followed up with statistics from my personal vantage point and passed along life points I’ve learned after having been dead on the scene with the white sheet pulled over my lifeless body after a car accident. Miracles still happen. We need each other.”

HHS Texas Brain Injury Programs include Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services and the Office of Acquired Brain Injury. These programs work together with the HHS Office of Disability Prevention for Children to prevent brain injuries, educate Texans through public information campaigns, and help people find the person-centered supports they need.

For questions or to request access to the webinar and conference videos, email the Office of Acquired Brain Injury.