The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) recognize March as Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) to increase awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI), a signature injury of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2000 until the first quarter of last year, 383,947 service members have received a TBI diagnosis. Brain Injury Awareness Month 2019 supports the enduring responsibility of the DoD to provide and protect the health and well-being of our nation’s warfighters and their families. Identifying and treating TBI is a critical DoD priority. At the forefront of a new era in the understanding of this condition, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) — the DHA traumatic brain injury center of excellence — is leveraging new technologies and cutting-edge research to develop concussion care tools and protocols that prioritize early identification and individualized treatment to maximize warfighter brain health.
DVBIC supports a network of 22 sites, operating out of 18 military treatment facilities and five Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers throughout the United States and one in Germany. The DVBIC network sites host and participate in many BIAM events throughout March, including Capitol Hill Day, where DVBIC leaders exchange the latest research and information with legislators and their staffs and other organizations. Specific activities vary at each site and can include local educational events, provider trainings, professional meetings, and resource fairs. Follow us on Facebook to learn more.
Second Annual Facebook Town Hall
Join us for the second annual Brain Injury Awareness Month Facebook Town Hall! Live on DVBIC’s Facebook page at noon (ET) March 12, we will share the latest advancements in traumatic brain injury care and discuss new tools available for health care providers. We’ll also share resources and answer questions from service members, veterans, families, friends, caregivers, and communities. Check out our Facebook Events section for more information.
TBI: Did You Know?
A Head for the Future (AHFTF) is a DVBIC initiative that raises awareness of the signs, symptoms, and treatment of traumatic brain injury and educates the military community about the importance of preventing brain injuries. For BIAM, AHFTF has developed a series of short videos on the theme of TBI: Did You Know? The video spots will roll out on AHFTF Facebook and Twitter social media channels throughout March.
You can find other resources and videos on AHFTF's website as well as the YouTube page. Follow and share to support BIAM.
Share the Brain Injury Awareness Month Message
DVBIC and AHFTF have developed a toolkit to help you support Brain Injury Awareness Month on social media. Use the BIAM Toolkit to find messages and graphics to share on your channels. Use the campaign hashtags: #BIAMonth and #TBIDidYouKnow.
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