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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 13 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 2.8 million Americans—more than 1% of the U.S. population—sustain a brain injury each year in the US 

How big is the problem?

  • In 2013,1 about 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States.
    • TBI contributed to the deaths of nearly 50,000 people.
    • TBI was a diagnosis in more than 282,000 hospitalizations and 2.5 million ED visits.  These consisted of TBI alone or TBI in combination with other injuries.
  • Over the span of six years (2007–2013), while rates of TBI-related ED visits increased by 47%, hospitalization rates decreased by 2.5% and death rates decreased by 5%.
  • In 2012, an estimated 329,290 children (age 19 or younger) were treated in U.S. EDs for sports and recreation-related injuries that included a diagnosis of concussion or TBI.3
    • From 2001 to 2012, the rate of ED visits for sports and recreation-related injuries with a diagnosis of concussion or TBI, alone or in combination with other injuries, more than doubled among children (age 19 or younger

Reference: Centers for Disease Control 

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:

Phone: 808 585 7700

email: braininjuryassociationhi@gmail.com  

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! 

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