Florida, Alabama and MIssissippi
Education and Outreach
The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital is a Dean’s Committee facility affiliated with the University of South Florida College of Medicine. The hospital is deeply committed to its institutional mission of providing high quality health care to veterans through clinical care, education and research.
The DVBIC regional education coordinator at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital serves various functions, chief among them are:
- educating the families of the rehabilitating service members of the Polytrauma Unit
- training hospital staff and health care providers on TBI and TBI-related topics
- reaching out to the military sites, other VA facilities and the community throughout the site’s region
The most prominent on-site role of the regional education coordinator is coordination of the Family Education Group. This is a weekly group open to all inpatient and outpatient family members of TBI/Polytrauma patients. Experts from the treatment team and other hospital areas are recruited to present on various topics to teach families about their loved one's rehabilitation process. Topics include Stress Management for Caregivers, Behavior Changes After TBI, and Seizure Awareness.
Outreach from DVBIC Tampa is provided to military facilities within the region and to the community. The regional education coordinator arranges subject matter experts to speak on behalf of DVBIC at military sites, community events and conferences, or to other providers in the VA system of care. The regional education coordinator also provides military training materials for deploying service members. These material requests are received both locally and through our national headquarters. The regional education coordinator also takes part in Yellow Ribbon reintegration events for returning National Guard and Reserve units, veterans’ fairs, professional conferences and community TBI-related planning committees.
The DVBIC research staff at the Tampa VA site focuses on the following areas of expertise:
- TBI rehabilitation
- TBI recovery and longitudinal outcomes
- Longitudinal Studies