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Our Mission

PREVENTION, SUPPORT, ADVOCACY, EDUCATION

The Brain Injury Association of Hawaii (BIA-HI) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with brain injury and the families of such persons in Hawaii and other areas of the Pacific Basin. In this conjuction brain injury is defined as an acquired, non-degenerative brain injury whose causes include but are not limited to trauma, disease, surgery, hypoxia and anoxia. The goals of BIA-HI include promoting the rights of individuals experiencing disability caused by brain injury, to increase public awareness of brain injury, to provide education, information, resources and support for individuals who have sustained a brain injury and their families, to advocate on behalf of individuals who have sustained a brain injury and to promote prevention of brain injuries in our community. 

STATISTICS

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Every 21 seconds, one person in the U.S. sustains a brain injury. You may have been injured yourself, or may know someone who has.

Brain injuries most often result from motor vehicle crashes, violence or falls.

Some injuries are severe, causing death or coma, while others are milder with symptoms that are harder to recognize.

The majority of people who suffer from mild or moderate brain injuries can recover fully, but the effects, while they last, can be confusing, frightening and highly disruptive.

An estimated 3.17 million Americans—more than 1% of the U.S. population—currently live with disabilities resulting from brain injury.1

It is estimated that one million people are treated for TBI and released from hospital emergency rooms every year.1 Each year, 80,000 Americans experience the onset of long-term disability following TBI.1

More than 50,000 people die every year as a result of TBI.1

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of brain injury. They account for 50% of all TBIs.1

Falls are the second leading cause, and the leading cause of brain injury in the elderly.

The risk of TBI is highest among adolescents, young adults and those older than 75.1

After one brain injury, the risk for a second injury is three times greater; after the second injury, the risk for a third injury is eight times greater. 1

Reference 1: Centers for Disease Control, Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: A Report to Congress. 

PROGRAMS

WE ARE HERE

Help begins with support from people who understand. The Brain Injury Association of Hawaii is there to support survivors of brain injury and their family and friends. BIA-HI has support groups in various locations across the state which meet to allow survivors and their loved ones an opportunity to share in the coping process. BIA-HI also has regular educational meetings and volunteers who can answer questions and provide information regarding resources available in Hawaii.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Since 1987, when survivors and family members of survivors of brain injury formed the Hawaii Head Injury Association - later becoming the Brain Injury Association of Hawaii – we have been dedicated to improving the quality of life for survivors of brain injury and their families.

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Support Groups

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month  - 6 - 7 p.m.
          Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific - Conference Room

Educational Meetings
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month - 6 - 7 p.m.
          Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific - Conference Room

Structured Therapeutic Day Program
  • Monday through Thursday
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The BIA-Hawaii office info:
Soon to be updated!

The BIA-HI board of directors is as follows:

Ian L. Mattoch - President
Karen Lopez - Vice President
Tony Hunstiger - Treasurer
Cortney Chambers - Secretary
Lyna Burian
Sally Mist
Peter Rossi, MD

MEMBERSHIP AND DONATION INFORMATION

The Brain Injury Association of Hawaii is a 501C3 non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible individual or corporate donation allows us to continue carrying out this very important work. Please join us in making a difference in the lives of people who have sustained a brain injury! 

Printable Membership Form Printable Donation Form 

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