Media Advisory: Brain Injury Town Hall to be held at Nationwide Children's Hospital

March 10, 2011

The town hall is part of the Sarah Jane Brain Project’s 40+ state national brain injury tour.
This particular event will be a panel discussion addressing “Community Reintegration after Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Friday, March 11, 2011
2:00 p.m. – media opportunity

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Outpatient Care Center (OCC)
555 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH 43205
*A media relations rep will meet you at this entrance for escort to event location; parking available in the visitors parking garage located near the OCC entrance at the corner of S. 18th St. and Mooberry Dr.

Keith O. Yeates, PhD, ABPP/CN, Chief, Department of Psychology, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Director, Center for Biobehavioral Health, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology and Psychiatry, The Ohio State University

Suzanne Minnich, Executive Director, Ohio Brain Injury Association
Donna Owens, TBI Coordinator, State Department of Education
Kristin Gsanger, PhD, Psychologist, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Michelle Miller, MD, Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Nationwide Children's Hospital

This event is a part of The Sarah Jane Brain Project’s nationwide public awareness campaign dealing with brain injury, the leading cause of death and disability for America’s youth.  The tour aims to bring awareness about youth sports concussions to high schools across the country as well as introduce the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) through town hall meetings at local universities and hospitals.

The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation is one of the leading organizations in the country dealing with pediatric acquired brain injury (PABI), and its Advisory Board is comprised of over 200 leading experts from just about every major medical institution (from MD Anderson and Johns Hopkins to Mayo Clinic and Mount Sinai) and research university (from Harvard and Yale to UCLA and UNC) in the country.  This Advisory Board created the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) which develops a seamless, standardized, evidence-based system of care that is universally accessible for the millions of PABI families across the country.

PABI can be caused by trauma (motor vehicle crashes, child abuse, sports-related concussions, blast injury from war, falls, etc…) as well as non-trauma (strokes, brain tumors, meningitis, hypoxia, etc…).  (PABI covers these brain injuries from birth through 25 years of age, due to the fact the adolescent brain is still developing until about 25 years.)   According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.6-3.8 million new brain injuries occur every year in America due to trauma in sports and recreational activities. More than 767,225 American youth visit the Emergency Department due to traumatic brain injuries each year, 80,715 are hospitalized and over 11,200 die. These numbers do not reflect the many more that do not enter a hospital, are not diagnosed or are caused by non-trauma.  Upwards of 80% of the children in our juvenile detention centers across America have some form of a brain injury, most of which have not been identified or treated.

Erin Pope
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media Relations
(614) 355-0495
Cell: (614) 562-1382

Erika Langhart
Director of Public Relations
Sarah Jane Brain Foundation
(970) 749-3963

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at