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Advisory Council on Brain Injuries

Who We Are

In 1989, the Iowa Legislature established the Advisory Council on Head Injuries. The council was created in response to the needs of Iowans with head injuries for a comprehensive service delivery system. Since its creation, the name has appropriately changed and is now called the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries. Voting members of the council are appointed by the governor and serve two-year terms. Ex-Officio Members are non-voting representatives of state government departments that have relationships to brain injury.

The Mission of the Advisory Council is to:

The council’s mission is to represent individuals with brain injury, their families, and all Iowans through advocacy, education, training, rehabilitation, research and prevention. By means of these efforts, the council brings about awareness to others and services as a source of hope and healing to survivors of brain injury. The council will accomplish this mission through the following activities:

  • Studying the needs of individuals with brain injury and their families.
  • Making recommendations regarding the planning, development, and administration of a comprehensive statewide service delivery system.
  • Promoting and implementing injury prevention strategies.

TBI Community of Practice

*New: The Iowa TBI Community of Practice (CoP) will have an informational webinar on Wednesday, December 10th at 3:30pm as an opportunity to learn what participants can expect from the CoP as well as have an opportunity to have their questions answered.

To participate in this informational webinar, please register in advance at

The Iowa Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Brain Injuries are pleased to announce a new Community of Practice (CoP) on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This goal of the CoP is to develop community collaboration and improve participants’ knowledge of, and ability to, implement best and promising practices for increasing access to brain injury services across the state of Iowa.

The Iowa TBI Community of Practice is an opportunity for sharing ideas, discussing issues, and generating solutions for individuals who advocate for, work with, and support Iowans affected by brain injury.

This CoP will explore methods for increasing access to brain injury services and supports through strategies, programs and policies or legislation related to:

o Screening of individuals who are at high risk for brain injury (e.g. incarcerated individuals, including juvenile detainees; individuals harmed by domestic violence; the elderly; athletes of all ages)

o Development of local supports

o Policy development

o Information and referral services

o Developing effective advocates

For more information, contact Maggie Ferguson at 515-281-8465 or

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