Iowa's Traumatic Brain Injury State Implementation Partnership Grant

The Iowa Department of Public Health's Brain Injury Program currently receives federal funding (grant number 90TBSG0018) from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL)*, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Washington, D.C. 20201. 

Under the 2014-2018 award, Iowa's goals are:

Goal 1: Increase access to screening for TBI and coordinated, ongoing comprehensive care for individuals and families experiencing TBI by expanding the capacity of the exiting Iowa Brain Injury Resource Network.

Goal 2: Develop capacity within Iowa's education system to provide improved identification (screening) and transitional outcomes for youth experiencing TBI, including the high-risk population of student athletes.

Goal 3: Increase the availability of appropriate support and services for individuals exhibiting challenging brain injury based behaviors including the following high risk populations: incarcerated individuals; individuals who experience multi-occurring conditions; and children.

Goal 4: Update Iowa's statewide needs assessment and develop the Iowa Plan for Brain Injury 2018-2020.

For more information about the federal program, please visit https://www.acl.gov/programs/post-injury-support/traumatic-brain-injury-tbi.

*Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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. 

To learn more about concussion, visit www.iowaconcussion.org

Concussion Guidelines for Iowa Schools (electronic)  PDF

Concussion Guidelines for Iowa Schools (printable)  PDF

REAP manual  PDF

Archived Grant Products & Reports

Archived Grant Projects: Pediatric TBI & Schools

The following list of Pediatric Brain Injury Webinars were funded in part by Grant #H21MC06748 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration, maternal and Child Health Bureau. the content of these webinars are sole responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of DHHS.

To access these webinars, please visit the brain injury playlist on the department's YouTube channel by clicking HERE.  Topic include:

  • Common Challenges after Brain Injury
  • Intro to the Brain Injury Quick Guide
  • Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Following Brain Injury
  • Pediatric Brain Injury 101
  • Pediatric TBI: From Hospitalization to Classroom
  • Pediatric TBI: Where do we go from here?
  • Returning to the Classroom Following Concussion
  • Successful Transition Planning in Vocational Planning
  • Teen Dating Violence: What it looks like. What to do
  • Transitions for Students Following Brain Injury
  • Transitions for Students Following Brain Injury: Part 2

Webinar related documents:

For more information contact the Council's staff: Maggie Ferguson, Brain Injury Program Manager, at (515) 281-8465