Brain Injury Services Program
The Brain Injury Services Program works to improve the lives of Iowans living with brain injuries by linking those individuals and their families to needed information, services, and supports as well as training service providers and other professionals on how to best work with people who have sustained a brain injury.
Brain injuries are typically classified as either "acquired" or "traumatic". Acquired brain injuries describe all types of brain injuries, which can be caused by conditions such as trauma to the brain, strokes, infections, poisoning or toxic exposures, or lack of oxygen to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by an external force such as hitting your head during a fall or car crash, from a collision with an object or another person during activities such as participating in sports or when assaulted. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury. Brain Injuries not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or caused by birth trauma.
Iowa Dept of Public Health partners with Iowa Dept of Education to develop Concussion Management Guidelines for Iowa Schools
The Iowa Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, developed concussion Management Guidelines for Iowa Schools for immediate roll out. These guidelines expand on the recommendations currently available through a post-concussion management model, called REAP (which stands for Remove/Reduce, Educate, Adjust/Accommodate), and are applicable to all students, regardless of age or affiliation with sports.
Concussion can affect a student in both the classroom and at home; therefore, all parts of a student's life should be taken into consideration and addressed by the student's concussion management team. The guidelines bring together health care providers, school nurses, coaches, teachers, parents and others supporting Iowa youth to work as a team to manage a concussion through a coordinated return to learn process.
Individuals, schools, and organizations wishing to learn more about concussions and REAP, or to request technical assistance for developing concussion management policies, should contact the Brain Injury Program at 515-281-8465.
Concussion Guidelines for Iowa Schools (electronic)
Concussion Guidelines for Iowa Schools (printable)