Monday, November 05, 2007

Idaho State University's Free TBI Education Programs

Idaho State University last week kicked off a series of TBI programs aimed at reaching those who typically have a harder time getting information and services: military families in rural areas of the country. The first telecast took place last Thursday, but there's still five more presentations on tap to choose from. [Visit their Fall 2007 Virtual Grand Round Series page to access program resources.]

From ISU:

The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health will present free public presentations statewide on traumatic brain injury (TBI) in response to high numbers of military personnel coming home suffering such disabilities.

The IRH will present its seventh annual “Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury VGR Series.” This six-week series of presentations will be telecast throughout Idaho at selected sites from Nov. 1 through Dec. 13.

The schedule for the presentations is as follows:

Nov. 1 – “The True Welcome Home” presented by Pat Rowe Kerr, state veterans ombudsman and director of Operation Outreach.

Nov. 8 – “Heart of a Hero: A Soldiers Return After TBI” presented by retired Lt. Col. Mary Kelly, Transition Assistance Advisor for the Idaho National Guard; Katie Anderson, Brain Injury Program director at the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital; and returning serviceman DeWayne Mayer and his wife, Jeannette.

Nov. 15 – “Returning Veterans and Their Families: What Every Family Member Should Know” presented by Sherry Stock, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Oregon.

Nov. 29 – “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury: Current Issues” presented by Ariel J. Lang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, and Dewleen Baker, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California.

Dec. 6 – “Cognitive Rehabilitation after Blast Injury and Polytrauma” presented by Don MacLennan of the Minneapolis Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

Dec. 13 – “Idaho’s Traumatic Brain Injury Virtual Program Center (TBI-VPC)” presented by Russ Spearman, project director of the ISU-IRH and Laura J. Tivis Ph.D., project manager of ISU-IRH.


All presentations will be from 10 a.m. to noon MST (9 to 11 a.m. PST) at the following locations:

• Pocatello: ISU campus, Eli M. Oboler Library, Room B-35
• Idaho Falls: ISU campus, ISU/UI Higher Education Facility, Room 208
• Boise: ISU campus, ISU Boise Center, Room 156
• Twin Falls: College of Southern Idaho, Evergreen Bldg, Suite B-40, Room C-89
• Lewiston: Lewis and Clark State College, Sam Glenn Complex, Room SG-50.
• Coeur d’ Alene: North Idaho College, North Idaho Center for Higher Education, Suite 128

Seating at each location is limited so preregistration is required. For more information about the telecast, or to make reservations visit the Teleheath Idaho Web site. For assistance with making reservations or for further information, contact Donna Parker at (208) 373-1769 or

Good going, Idaho!

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