Welcome to AHIF
March is Alabama Brain Injury Awareness Month. Approximately 10,000 Alabamians receive traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year. Of that number, 500 die and 1,500 become disabled.
This site provides you with materials and information on Brain Injuries and activities in conjunction with Brain Injury Awareness Month.
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The Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF) is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1984 by professionals and families to increase public awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stimulate the development of supportive services. The mission is to improve the quality of life for persons who have survived a traumatic brain injury, and for their families.
AHIF services are provided by qualified staff who are Certified Brain Injury Specialists. Programs include:
- Information and Referral
- Resource Coordination
- Respite Care
- Housing Assistance
- Summer Camp
- Small Places Recreational Day Programs
- AHIF Neurobehavior Clinic
- Education and Training
- Car Seats for Kids
- Recreational Support Groups
AHIF receives funding from:
- Alabama Impaired Drivers Trust Fund from a portion of fines collected for DUI Convictions
- Alabama Child Passenger Restraint Act
- United Way of Central Alabama; United Way of West Alabama and Community Health Charities of Alabama
- Federal Grants
- Generous Donors
Over 250 Volunteers donate over 6000 hours of service annually to AHIF.
In March 2011, AHIF in partnership with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (designated by the Governor as the state agency responsible for the Coordination of TBI Services), and the Alabama Head Injury Task Force kicked off a year- long campaign to increase awareness of TBI by the public. Governor Bentley began the endeavor by proclaiming March as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Alabama. Awareness will continue to be a priority in 2012.
AHIF worked with the Alabama Sports Concussion Task Force to establish public policy to improve the care for youth athletes who sustain concussion. This resulted in the enactment of Alabama's new Concussion Law, Act 2011- 541. The goal of the new law is to reduce the incidence of head injuries and avoid the adverse long term consequence of concussions through proper on sight identification of injury when it occurs and by immediate medical attention and management followed by physical and mental rest. It requires all youth athletic organizations and schools to provide information on sports concussions to all athletes and their families, to ensure that all coaches have training in the recognition of concussions, immediately remove from participation any athlete suspected of having a concussion; and require that the athlete not return to play until he/she has a release issued by a medical doctor. Efforts will now be focused on educating parents, athletes and the public about the law, as well as the seriousness of concussion.
AHIF's Car Seat for Kids Program resulted from the passage of Act 2006-623 by the Alabama Legislature. The law requires all children up to age 15 to be in an appropriate restraint when riding in most vehicles. Violations of the law may result in fines with a portion of the fine being disbursed to AHIF to distribute vouchers for car seats to families of limited income.
Since 2007, AHIF has provided over 8,000 car seats to eligible families at no charge. AHIF partners with Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations across Alabama where parents or guardians may receive a car seat or booster seat that is correctly selected and fitted. Additionally, caregivers are trained and educated by Nationally Certified Safety Technicians who provide education about the correct use and installation of the seat issued.
Car Seats for Kids Program partners are:
- Children's Hospital Safe Kids, Alabama, Birmingham
- Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, Florence
- Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield
- Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville
- City of Huntsville
- NE Chapter of Safe Kids Alabama, Anniston
- Safe Kids Montgomery
- Safe Kids Tuscaloosa/ Tuscaloosa Police Department
- West Alabama Traffic Safety Check
- City of Huntsville
- Decatur General Hospital, Decatur
- The Mom Care Program, University of South Alabama Children's and Women Hospital, Mobile
What can you do to help?
- Make a donation of cash or stocks; designate AHIF as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or will. Inquire if your employer will match your gift.
- Volunteer your time and expertise.
- Be an advocate for legislation and services that benefit persons with TBI and their families.
- Learn about brain injury, and share your knowledge with your friends and family.
For information about traumatic brain injury, AHIF services and programs, or referrals to appropriate resources- Call AHIF at 1-800-433-8002. Visit our Website, www.ahif.org to learn about brain injury.
Alabama Head Injury Foundation
3100 Lorna Road - Suite 200
Hoover AL 35216
Toll Free 1.800.433.8002
CDC Brain Injury Awareness Materials
CDC Features - Give Brain Injury a Voice