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BI-ISIG Moving Ahead

 2022 Fall Edition

BI-ISIG Members Leaders for 2022-23 Moody Galveston Brain Injury

The 2022-2023 Moody Galveston Brain Injury Conference (MGBIC), underwritten by Moody Endowment and coordinated by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, is a 16-month, fully virtual, “by invitation only” conference initiative bringing together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and consumer advocates to encourage research to practice for advancing care. Past conference efforts have resulted in articles and publications, presentations, newly developed resources, tools, and other products. The focus of the 2022-2023 conference is Social and Health Disparities Among People with Brain Injury. Race or ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and geographic location all contribute to the ability of individuals with brain injury to achieve good health and quality of life. The conference is chaired by Dr. Flora Hammond (BI-ISIG member) and Dr. Ana Durand-Sanchez.

The overarching purpose of this initiative is for interested conference participants to convene and deliver tangible outcomes through analysis and planned action steps in several areas that are led by ACRM BI-ISIG members. Angelle Sander and Monique Pappadis are leading a workgroup on Underserved Racial and Ethnic Groups. Jennifer Bogner and Julianna Nemeth chair a workgroup on Special Populations, and Jeanne Hoffman and Brick Johnstone are leading a workgroup on Service Access- Rural and Geographical Considerations.

The initiative involves 48 participants from hospitals, rehabilitation centers, universities, association and advocacy organizations, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Administration. Participating physicians, neuropsychologists, physiatrists, epidemiologists, scientists, administrators, advocates and others represent 14 states in the US along with Canada and Spain. In addition to BI-ISIG members serving as leaders of the working groups, many BI-ISIG members are also participating as workgroup members. It is exciting to see BI-ISIG members involved in this important initiative which will lead to advances in health equity! Look for outcomes in Fall, 2023.