Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania

Save the Date Run, Walk, Roll for Brain Injury
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Tyler State Park – Richboro, PA Highmark Walk – Pittsburgh
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Heinz Field – Pittsburgh

Tribute Trek
Saturday, May 21, 2022
East Goshen Township Park – West Chester, PA

Highmark Walk – Lehigh Valley
Saturday, June 2, 2022
DeSales University – Center Valley, PA

BIAPA Annual Conference
June 26 – 28, 2022
Lancaster Marriott – Lancaster, PA
Registration is open! Grey Matters…Jamming for BIAPAJune 5, 2022
Moss Mill Brewing Company
Huntingdon Valley, PA Brain Injury Challenge: Race for Recovery Saturday, October 22, 2022
Tyler State Park – Richboro, PA
BIAPA’s 2022 Annual Conference
Registration is Open!

Join us for our annual in-person conference: Celebrating Connections and Collaboration in Brain Injury Rehabilitation, June 26-28, 2022 at Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center in Lancaster, PA.

The 2022 conference features 8 dynamic keynote and plenary speakers.

On Sunday, June 26th at 2:00 PM, Cristabelle Braden will present “Hope in Song: Music in Recovery Following Brain Injury.”Also on Sunday at 6:30 PM, Padraig Tangney and Dr. Drew Nagele will present “Value-Based Payments and How to Prepare Your Organization.”

Dr. Lydia Navarro-Walker will present “Understanding the Effect of Bias in Equitable and Client-Centered Care in 21st Century Healthcare” on Monday, June 27th at 9:00 AM.

8:30 AM on Tuesday, June 28th, Dr. Miriam Segal, Dr. Thomas Watanabe and Dr. Max Schmidheiser present “Optimizing Sleep after Brain Injury: Problems, Implications and Treatment Options.”

Dr. Randel Swanson will present at 1:45 PM on Tuesday, June 28th, “Modifiable Risk Factors after TBI for the Long-Term Prevention of Cognitive Decline.”Screen%20Shot%202022-04-27%20at%209_28_15%20AM.pngThis is just a small sampling of the great topics covered at our 2022 conference. You don’t want to miss this conference! For additional information on all presenters and topics and to register, please CLICK HERE.
Calling All Artists
BIAPA%20Art%20Cards.png The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania is searching for artwork created by brain injury survivors to feature on greeting cards that will be sold to benefit BIAPA initiatives.

If you’d like to submit your work to be considered for this project, please email a good quality picture of it – horizontal images only – to

Deadline is 9:00 AM on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Five images will be selected for the cards, and all submissions will be featured on BIAPA’s website and social media.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Tracy Onyekanne at Please use subject line “Art Cards”.
Brain Injury Awareness Day in Harrisburg
On Wednesday March 29, the Second Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day was held at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg.  The day started with a Rally in the Rotunda, a truly inspiring space!  Senators Aument and Kearney spoke about their commitment to keeping the issues affecting individuals with brain injury and their family members in mind as they do their day to day work in the legislature.  They serve as co-chairs of the Brain Injury Caucus, along with Representatives Pickett and Briggs, who spoke at a reception in the afternoon. Stefanie Bauman provided educational information about brain injury in her address to the group.  Kevin McDonald and Melissa Carmen told their stories, which inspired the group and brought to life the issues experienced by individuals with brain injury. Many attendees made visits to their legislators over the course of the day to inform them about issues affecting individuals in Pennsylvania with brain injury. Dr. Drew Nagele facilitated a panel discussion on brain injury in the afternoon, and the day closed with a reception and opportunity to network with others in attendance. 4F02084D-68FC-4A99-B9C2-09FDFC29D360.jpeg A special feature of the day was a podcast hosted by Candace Gantt of the Mind Your Brain Foundation and recorded live in Senator Kearney’s office. The podcast includes comments from Senator Kearney, PA Brain Injury Caucus co-chair; Melissa Carmen and Kevin McDonald, brain injury survivors and organizers of the event; Ann Marie McLaughlin, BIAPA President; and Drew Nagele, co-chair of the PA Brain Injury Coalition, pictured above.  Season 2, Episode 7 of Mind Your Brain Foundation’s podcast was recorded live in Harrisburg, Pa. in Senator Timothy Kearney’s office. If you’d like to listen to this informative podcast, please click here.Thank you to Melissa Carmen and Kevin McDonald, who organized this successful event, and to the Pennsylvania Brain Injury Coalition for their support. Stay tuned for pictures from this productive day!
Tribute Trek 2022
Tribute Trek is returning on May 21st at East Goshen State Park in West Chester. This event was started in 2010 by Todd Clark in memory of Dr. David L. Strauss who lost his battle with brain cancer at 48 years of age. Dr. Strauss was one of the founders of ReMed. Click here for additional information or to register for the event.For over a decade, Todd and the local brain injury community of survivors, families, caregivers, colleagues, and friends gather to “trek” and raise funds for the David Strauss Scholarship Fund, which provides brain injury survivors and their families an opportunity to attend the BIAPA  Annual Conference.David%20Strauss.png 
Pampered Chef Online Fundraiser for BIAPABIAPA volunteer Joan Steinberg is hosting an online Pampered Chef fundraiser for the BIAPA team participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in the Lehigh Valley.  During the month of May, Pampered Chef will donate to BIAPA 30% of all sales made through Joan’s online store.  Follow this link to explore Pampered Chef’s irresistible kitchen and food items and begin shopping on May 1.
Support Group Corner BIAPA%20May%20SupportGroup.png The topic for the BIAPA online support group in May will be special guest Yannick from Brightway Health to discuss the new Brightway Events app.The Brightway app lets you join more than 100 live virtual group classes from top rehabilitation organizations each month for FREE! The support group will meet on Thursday, May 19th at 5:00 PM.Please email if you would like to be included on the distribution list to receive an invitation and link to the Zoom meeting. A full list of all of Pennsylvania’s support groups, with contact information for each, is on the  BIAPA website’s Support Group Listing Page. If you are aware of groups that are meeting through videoconferencing, please contact Candace Gantt, BIAPA Board member, at, so we can let others know about them.

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