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In the summer of 2014 Health and human services leaders from the Northeast Texas region joined efforts to address the public health burden of brain injury in the region. Founding members of the Northeast Texas Brain Injury Collaborative (NETBIC) include the University of Texas in Tyler, the Center for Rural Community Health, the Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council and the Department of State Health Services Region 4/5.  NETBIC has three major goals: 1) to educate local health care providers and other related professionals about brain injury, 2) to facilitate the best possible care for brain injury survivors and their families in the community, and 3) to reduce the impact brain injuries have on society through prevention. 

NETBIC will host the second annual North East Texas Brain Injury Summit on March 22, 2017 at UT Health Northeast. This year's Summit will focus on emerging and best practices for preventing, diagnosing and treating mild traumatic brain injuries.

For more information contact the Office of Acquired Brain Injury at 512.706.2191 or [email protected]

7:30 am - 8:00 am             Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:15 am             Welcome

8:15 am - 9:15 am               Concussion Legislation & Collaboration

                                               Michael "Spanky" Stephens, LAT

Discuss the history of concussion legislation and collaborations and reflect on
its impact.

9:15 am - 9:50 am               TISD Career Technology Center's S.E.E Public Health PSAs

9:50 am – 10:10 am            Morning Break

10:10 am – 11:30 am           Initial Concussion Assessment:
Using clinical trajectories to guide recovery, treatment, and education
Dr. Kenneth Podell
Discuss new developments in the assessment of sports-related concussions; outline diagnostic and treatment guidelines for optimal care in the tertiary outpatient setting as well as in the athletic event setting; define when to safely return an athlete to play in according with best practice and legal requirements, and recognize when to refer patients to an expert for a higher level of care.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm           Statewide Data Base for Concussions
Dr. Munro Cullum
Discuss the ConTex Registry, the statewide effort to track concussions among youth athletes, an effort  to determine what more can be done to protect young athletes and whether rules or equipment changes are needed to improve player safety.

12:30 pm - 1:10 pm:            Break, Lunch served

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm              Neuroimaging in TBI: Emerging Tools for Diagnosis & Assessment
Dr. Charles Walker
Identify the latest advances in neuroimaging tools and techniques and discuss the role of routine surveillance neuroimaging in the care of TBI patients.

2:10 pm – 2:30 pm             Afternoon Break

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm:            Improving Insight and Awareness in Brain Injury:
Assessment and Functional Strategies
René Mills & Kristy Easley
Discuss the assessment of individuals with brain injury and summarize creative, engaging therapy strategies for these individuals.

3:30 pm                                Closing Remarks

3:45 p.m.                             Conference Conclusion

Continuing Education Credit

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits TM.   Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

To obtain 5.25 contact hours, you must sign in, attend the entire activity each day, and complete the evaluation tool.

Social Workers .525 CEU
Andrews Center is an approved provider of continuing social work education by the
Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.  Provider #1800 

This conference has been designated for a maximum of maximum of 5.5 credits by
ETMC EMS Services Provider #100191