This past weekend, I had the honor of being involved in a history-making brain injury summit, held by the Brain Injury Association of America and the North American Brain Injury Society. A collaborative, cross-system initiative, the conference was a gathering of the most respected minds in brain injury, and the aim of the meeting was to create the start of a white paper that would authoritatively address gaps in service for brain injured vets and civilians.
During the meeting, more than a hundred participants separated into smaller designated workgroups to tackle issues ranging from acute care to systemic challenges. By the end of the conference, most attendees were equally exhausted and exhilarated by the amount of work completed, and the amount of attention the conference received. In the final hours, high-level officials from the Department of Defense arrived to listen to our findings, and they have since requested formal meetings with summit heads to receive the white paper.
This is the first real indication that a revolution in brain injury care is about to take place, and if the summit's recommendations are taken seriously, then legislators will have to sit up and take notice. I'll keep you posted as to new developments, but it's proving to be an exciting time to be championing the well being of those affected by brain injury.