Alabama Head Injuy Foundation

Alabama Citizen Advocacy Institute
Training Leaders for TBI


Despite past advocacy efforts many Alabamians find that services for people with brain injury and funding for those services is woefully inadequate. People with brain injury do not receive nearly the same services as other disabilities. In short, people with brain injury are being left behind and denied access to many supports and services necessary.

Make the decision to lead the state of Alabama into a better tomorrow for persons/familes with Brain Injury? Turn your personal experiences with brain injury into a powerful political message.

Register today to become a Leader for TBI by attending the Alabama Citizen Advocacy Institute, "Training Leaders for TBI."

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Alabama Citizen Advocacy Institute, Training Leaders for TBI
This has been designed for Alabamians with Traumatic Brain Injury and or their families to develop a statewide "leadership" group that would provide for a long term TBI advocacy and awareness effort in Alabama.  Their goal is to enhance Alabama's System Of Care for TBI, with particular focus on neurobehavioral health service options for people with TBI

The Citizen Advocacy Institute participants will be trained on how they can effect change through advocacy regarding the provision of services to persons with TBI with emphasis on the importance of a sustainable, financially supported systems of care and an acceptable and appropriate array of services for TBI.  This will hopefully lead to the creation of a more effective impetus to legislation. The Graduates will provide a pool of trained TBI leadership advocates who could continue efforts to assist enhancing Alabama's Statewide System of Care for TBI.

The Model for Training will be provided by the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota and their professional Advocacy Staff with Sandy Koplon, AHIF Special Projects Coordinator.  Speakers and resource materials will be specific to Alabama.

Four overnight Sessions will be held beginning at 4:00 PM on Thursdays and ending at 3:00 PM on Fridays for consecutive months:
  • August 2-3 at Homewood Suites- Hoover, Alabama
  • September 6-7 at Homewood Suites- Hoover, Alabama
  • October 4-5 at Homewood Suites- Hoover, Alabama
  • November 1-2- Homewood Suites- Hoover, Alabama

A  Suite at the Homewood Suites in Hoover, Alabama a suburb of Birmingham will be booked for    each participant and paid for directly to Homewood Suites by AHIF. Meals will be provided.   Incidentals will be the responsibility of the participant. Participants will receive a $50 scholarship to attend. In the case that more than one person from a family is selected, only   one scholarship will be issued.

The Alabama TBI Leadership Institute is limited to twenty participants.  A Selection Committee will review and select participants.
  • Application Deadline is June 30
  • Applicants will be notified by July 5

Applicant Criteria

  • Minimum age to apply- 18
  • Have sustained a traumatic brain injury more than a year ago
  • Have access to an email account and be internet literate. 
  • Commitment to attend each of the four sessions.


This Project is supported in part by Grant H21MCO6738 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration and Maternal & Child Health Bureau.

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