BIAPA to Screen for Brain Injury in Pennsylvania State Prisons

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The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA) in partnership with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC), will be working on a 5-year federal grant from the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) to implement a randomized clinical research trial to determine if a case management…

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BIAPA wants to share survivor creations!

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The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania is creating a new space for survivors on our website. It will be easier to navigate and to help you keep in the know about what’s coming up! It will include a section devoted to the skills and talents of brain injury survivors. Whatever your talent is, from painting…

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Care for the Caregiver after Brain Injury

BIAPA’s Virtual Educational Series will continue with a program focusing on caregivers on Wednesday March 3, 2021 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The speaker will be neuropsychologist Dr. Ann Marie McLaughlin, BIAPA’s president and director of outpatient, home and community-based services for ReMed.  Through her years working in acute and post-acute brain injury rehabilitation, Dr.…

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Fitness Training After Brain Injury: Why and How

BIAPA’s Virtual Educational Series will continue with a program focusing on fitness training after brain injury on Thursday February 18, 2021 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The speaker will be Scott Dillman, co-founder of Fitness Trainers Inc., and founder of the Fighting Back Program and the Fighting Back Scholarship Program.  He is a retired major…

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Pennsylvania Department of Health launches acquired brain injury program

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently introduced a new program for individuals with non-traumatic acquired brain injury. The Acquired Brain Injury Program (ABIP) provides brain injury rehabilitation for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria. To be eligible for the ABIP, you must: Be 18 to 21 years of age Be a Pennsylvania resident Meet income…

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BIAPA mourns the passing of Administrator Kara Latshaw

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The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania is heartbroken as we inform you of the passing of Kara Latshaw, longtime Administrator for the association.  Known to many for her enthusiasm and support for individuals with brain injury and their families, Kara consistently went far beyond her official role to guide BIAPA and its members.  She was…

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Pennsylvania’s Work in Juvenile Justice Recognized Nationally

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On June 26th, Julie Myers of the PA Department of Health, Monica Vaccaro and MJ Schmidt of BIAPA, presented a webinar titled “Brain Injury in Juvenile Justice: Information and Implications for Juvenile Service Providers”. This webinar was sponsored by the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS) and reached a national audience of juvenile service professionals…

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BIAPA joins BIAA in calling on Congress to Improve Discriminatory Policing

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The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania joins citizens across the country who are frustrated and deeply pained by continuing discrimination against black communities, minorities, and people with disabilities. We, as an organization, are having conversations to better understand how to support, serve, and resource the communities of Pennsylvania and beyond. BIAPA strongly supports the Brain…

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Brain Injury Ambassador Program Launches!

The Brain Injury Ambassador Program, developed through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, is now implemented! The goal of the program is to connect with families and caregivers of a person who has recently experienced a brain injury and let them know that they are not…

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West Penn Hospital Rehabilitation Joins Pennsylvania Brain Injury Ambassador Program

The Pennsylvania Brain Injury Ambassador Program has transformed into a virtual program in response to COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on visiting hospitals. The Ambassador Program seeks to increase awareness about acquired brain injury and let people know there is hope and help available after brain injury. Brain Injury Ambassadors establish contact with families of…

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