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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Recognizes National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Mar 27, 2017

Congresswoman Beatty Recognizes National Brain Injury Awareness Month

All month long, organizations, non-profits and millions of Americans across the country are recognizing National Brain Injury Awareness Month in May, and advocating for greater research, treatment and education on traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Adding her voice in support, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:

“TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults, affecting nearly 2.5 million Americans annually. TBI and countless other neurological disorders, common and rare, present formidable challenges to medicine that are compounded by the complexity of the brain. That is why federal investment is needed to support cutting-edge treatments, research and prevention. Together we can support more Americans living with TBI on the road to recovery”

A longtime advocate of people with neurological disorders, Beatty has spearheaded efforts in Congress to improve TBI research and treatment. This Congress, Beatty reintroduced the Return to Work Awareness Act of 2017, H.R. 1128, a bill to improve the employability of individuals affected by TBI, heart attack, stroke and other serious health issues. Beatty also authored the Concussion Awareness and Education Act, 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, and has consistently urged an increase in federal funding for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).