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IDPH - Question of the Week

Traumatic brain injury is often called the 'Silent Epidemic' because victims are unable to speak.

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More than 95,000 Iowans live with long term disability from brain injury, which is often described as the 'Silent Epidemic' because resulting injuries are not visible to others.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Falls, motor vehicle crashes and sports injuries are the leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and impact the lives of thousands of Iowans each year. Individuals with brain injury and their families face overwhelming challenges, especially related to navigating the service delivery system, overcoming misconceptions, and achieving long-term recovery.

The Iowa Advisory Council on Brain Injuries and the Iowa Department of Public Health invite all Iowans to become more aware of ways to prevent accidents that can lead to brain injury and to be supportive of TBI survivors and their families.

Click here to learn more about brain injuries and to find resources to assist you.

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