Beatty Highlights Significance of National Brain Injury Awareness Month
March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, a month-long observation used to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and advocate for increased research funds. In recognition, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) released the following statement:
“Every day, 153 people in the U.S. will die from a traumatic brain injury, while another 2.5 million will face a TBI this year and another 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a TBI-related disability. These sobering statistics are proof positive that we as a nation can and must do more. To that effect, I urge my constituents to join me in calling for greater federal investment to treat, research, and prevent TBIs. Together we can support more of our friends and family members living with TBI on the road to recovery.”
A longtime advocate of people with neurological disorders, Beatty continues to spearhead efforts in Congress to improve TBI research and treatment. This Congress, Beatty reintroduced the Concussion Awareness and Education Act, H.R. 280, a bill to create a comprehensive research program within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the treatment, surveillance and prevention of concussion injuries. In addition, she has consistently fought for an increase in federal funding for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
To learn more about National Brain Injury Awareness Month, please visit the Brain Injury Association of America's website. Also, be sure to join in the conversation online by using #ChangeYourMind.