Four Ways to Advocate for Brain Injury Legislation

April is Injury Prevention Month and a great time to think about Brain injury awareness.  In Massachusetts in FY 2013, there were a total of 75, 489 hospital ED visits, observation and inpatient stays for nonfatal traumatic brain injuries and 840 traumatic brain injury related deaths in the year 2012.  According to Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW, Injury Prevention Coordinator in the Section of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery at BMC, “Injury Prevention at BMC partners with the BIA-MA for brain injury awareness as well as legislative advocacy.” I encourage folks to see BIA-MA’s call-to-action to learn ways you can advocate this month”, says Allee.

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) has four ways you can advocate for brain injury legislative support in April.   Please RSVP to advocacy@biama.org on which events you plan on attending so we can plan for your support!

  1. April 7th, 10am – Joint Ways & Means Budget Hearing, Medford City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA
  • Attend the Joint Ways & Means Budget Hearing
  • If you would like, testify (2 minutes) on behalf of the brain injury community
  1. April 9th, 2pm – BIA-MA ABI Education Day, Massachusetts State House, Room 428
  1. April 13th, 10am – Joint Ways & Means Budget Hearing, Massachusetts State House, Gardner Hall
  • Attend the Joint Ways & Means Budget Hearing
  • State Legislators will be present to listen to the community
  • If you would like, testify (2 minutes) on behalf of the brain injury community
  1. Call your State Representative and/or State Senator:

For more details, go to the FY’16 Budget ASK

Courtesy of:

Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts

30 Lyman Street, Suite 10

Westborough, MA  01581

(800) 242-0030   (508) 475-0032

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