Alabama Head Injury Foundation

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Alabama Head Injury Foundation


Alabama Head Injury Foundation welcomes new Executive Director
Alabama Head Injury Foundation has named Scott Powell as its new Executive Director. Mr. Powell was hired following the retirement of Charles Priest, who has expertly led the Alabama Head Injury Foundation for the past 25 years. Alabama Head Injury Foundation is deeply appreciative of the leadership Mr. Priest has provided over its history and regrets that a medical situation has led to Mr. Priestís retirement. However, Alabama Head Injury Foundation is excited about the arrival of Mr. Powell and the leadership he will provide moving forward.

Mr. Powell comes to Alabama Head Injury Foundation from St. Vincentís Health System, where he served nine years in the Foundation as Director of Development and most recently as Administrative Director of Development. As Executive Director, Mr. Powell will be responsible for the daily management of this statewide organization and focus on diversifying its existing funding sources. Mr. Powell is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy (CAP).

Mr. Powell earned his BS in Biology from The University of Alabama and has an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Organizational Management from Northwestern Universityís Kellogg School of Management.

Families needed!  Researchers at UAB would like to invite family caregivers to participate in a family-focused study to assess Family Quality of Life among caregivers of adults (19+ years of age) with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Caregivers may include many people, such as parents, siblings, spouses, partners, grandparents, adult children, etc.  The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.  Click here to complete the online version.  Please contact Stephen Firsing at (910) 232-6450 or email if you would like to participate by telephone, have
a printed survey mailed to you, or if you have questions about the study.

Announcement from the UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System: Recruiting Caregivers of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, or
Burn Injury for a Health Information Needs Study
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Approximately 10,000 Alabamians receive traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year. Of that number, 500 die and 1,500 become disabled.

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Our Mission

The AHIF mission is to improve the quality of life for people who have survived traumatic brain injuries and for their families.

The Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF) was founded by professionals and families in 1983 to increase public awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and to stimulate the development of supportive services. Today, AHIF is among the largest state brain injury associations in the nation with model programs and statewide services.

Whether the injury is mild or severe the life of the injured person and their family is changed forever. The impact can be both emotionally and financially devastating. AHIF provides the information to help clients and families understand the results of injury. AHIF helps access available resources and provides services and programs which meet the unique needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as spinal cord injury (SCI) in certain programs.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Facts:

  • Every 21 seconds one more person sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States.

  • Every year, over 1.5 million Americans sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury.

  • 5.3 million citizens (2% of U.S. population) live a life with a disability
    due to a traumatic brain injury.

  • In Alabama, over 1,500 people are disabled due to traumatic brain injury each year.

  • Major causes of brain injuries are motor vehicle crashes 50%, falls 21%, assaults and violence 12%, sports and recreation 10%.

DISCLAIMER: Within this site, there are links to web sites around the world that contain educational and research information.  These "outside sites" are not managed by the Alabama Head Injury Foundation.  AHIF does not endorse nor recommend the information or products posted on these sites, and receives no payment or other consideration for providing these links.