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Advisory Council on Brain Injuries

Members of the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries (ACBI) are appointed annually by the Governor of Iowa.  Appointed members are typically appointed to serve two-year terms, beginning in July.  The council is made up of members who are survivors of brain injury, family members of individuals who have experienced a brain injury, and/or professionals working in a field related to brain injury services.  In addition to appointed members, representation from various state agencies also comprise the council as non-voting members.  

Individuals who are interested in serving on the Advisory Council for Brain Injuries should submit their application online at or by downloading a copy of the application below and mailing it to:   Gubernatorial Appointments, Governor's Office, State Capitol, Des Moines, IA 50319. 

ACBI application form PDF

ACBI brochure  PDF

Quarterly Meetings

The Advisory Council on Brain Injuries meets quarterly, typically in January, April, July, and October on the third Friday of the month from 10am until approximately 3pm.  Meetings are open to the public and the agenda outlining the meeting topics, time and location are posted below along with other meeting materials.  

Meeting dates and times, along with meeting agendas, minutes and reports, can be found below in the "Upcoming Meetings and "Past Meetings" sections.

Individuals who wish to attend the meeting but require reasonable accommodations to do so should contact the BI program manager of their specific needs at least 3 days prior to the meeting by calling 515-281-8465 or emailing brain.injury@idph.iowa.gov.

Task Force meetings

The Advisory Council on Brain Injuries has two standing task force committees: (1) the Executive Task Force and (2) the State Plan Task Force.  Additionally, the chair of the council may create a task force as needed.  Currently, the ACBI has a Service Task Force and a Prevention Task Force which meet regularly.  Membership on task force is open to any interested individual and is not restricted to just members of the council.  Similar to the quarterly meetings, task force meetings are open to the public.  These meetings typically take place the day of a quarterly council meeting; however, meetings may take place more frequently depending on the project the group is working on.  For these meetings, teleconference may be utilized due to the brevity of the meeting and distance members would need to travel to attend.

All scheduled meetings of task force committees are listed below in the "Upcoming Meetings" and "Past Meetings" section.

State Plan for Brain Injury

The Advisory Council on Brain Injuries routinely produces a state plan which serves as guidance for brain injury services and prevention for Iowa.  Present and past state plan documents include:  

It is time to update the Iowa State Plan for Brain Injuries.  Meeting information - including date, time, location and supporting documents - can be found below in the upcoming meetings section.  Questions can be sent to Maggie Ferguson at maggie.ferguson@idph.iowa.gov or by calling 515-281-8465.

Upcoming Meetings

  • 07/20/2018 - Quarterly meeting - TBD  
  • 10/19/2018 - Quarterly meeting - TBD  
  • 01/18/2019 - Quarterly meeting - TBD  
  • 04/19/2019 - Quarterly meeting - TBD  

Past Meetings

  • 04/20/2018 - ACBI quarterly meeting - Iowa Lutheran Hospital, 700 E University, Des Moines. Lower Level rooms A & B  
  • 03/16/2018 - Special Meeting to discuss/approve new state plan on brain injuries - Teleconference: 1-866-685-1580 code: 0009990482  
  • 02/28/2018 - State Plan Development meeting - Lucas state office building, Rooms 319-320; 321 E 12th Street, Des Moines IA  
  • 02/19/2018 - State Plan Development meeting - Videoconference: https://zoom.us/j/382673414 or 1-408-638-0968 Meeting ID: 382 673 414  
  • 01/19/2018 - ACBI quarterly meeting - Iowa Lutheran Hospital, 700 E University, Des Moines. Lower Level rooms A & B  
  • 12/07/2017 - Ad Hoc task force (handbook & orientation review) - Lucas Building or https://zoom.us/j/382673414 or 1-408-638-0968 ID # 382 673 414  
  • 11/29/2017 - ACBI Service Task Force - teleconference: 1-866-685-1580 code 0009990482  
  • 10/20/2017 - ACBI quarterly meeting - Iowa Lutheran Hospital, 700 E University, Des Moines. Lower Level rooms A & B  
  • 08/25/2017 - ACBI quarterly meeting - Iowa Lutheran Hospital, 700 E University, Des Moines. Lower Level rooms A & B  
  • 08/25/2017 - Prevention Task Force - Iowa Lutheran Hospital, 700 E University, Des Moines. Lower Level rooms A & B  
  • 04/21/2017 - ACBI Meeting - Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines  
  • 02/16/2017 - State Plan task force - teleconference  
  • 01/20/2017 - ACBI Meeting - Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines  
  • 10/21/2016 - ACBI Meeting - Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines  
  • 10/21/2016 - Prevention Task Force - Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines  
  • 10/21/2016 - Service task force - Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines  
  • 09/08/2016 - State Plan task force - teleconference  
  • 08/25/2016 - Prevention Task Force - teleconference: 1-866-685-1580 code: 0009990482  
  • 08/23/2016 - State Plan Task Force meeting - 1-866-685-1580 code 0009990482  
  • 08/12/2016 - Service Task Force meeting - 1-866-685-1580 code 0009990482  
  • 07/15/2016 - ACBI meeting - Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines   

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