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August 19, 2015

2015 Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans


  • For more information on this unique and informative conference, go to
  • Then plan to attend the 2015 Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans. The conference will take place at the Embassy Suites on August 19 to August 21. The main reasons why this conference is held include the fact that Native Americans have a higher rate of Traumatic Brain Injuries than other groups, lack culturally competent services and face barriers in major areas including  prevention, assessment, diagnostic screening, treatment and health resources.
  • The conference will discuss state of the art information on traumatic brain injuries among Native Americans and provide information on successful, evidence-based policies, programs and services.
  • The conference will feature an opening and closing plenary, along with two blocks of various breakout sessions per day that deal with specific issues.
  • On Wednesday, the Epidemiology of Brain Injury Among Native Americans and Increasing Knowledge in Culturally Appropriate ways to Increase Awareness Among Native Americans about Brain Injury, Screening and Prevention will be discussed.  
  • On Thursday, Advances in Medical and Rehabilitation Treatments along with the use of Indigenous Medicine to treat Brain Injuries will be explored.
  • Finally, on Friday, presenters will share information about culturally competent short and long term services for Native Americans with Brain Injuries.
  • The event will be sponsored by

- the Center for Development and Disability,

- the Brain Injury Program at the New Mexico Department of Human Services,
- the New Mexico Brain Injury Advisory Council,
- the Brain and Behavioral Institute at the Health Sciences Center at the University of New Mexico,
- the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, Navajo Nurses United for Research, Service and Education,
- The American Association on Health and Disability and
- Disability Rights New Mexico