The Brain Injury Association of New York State launched the Concussion Initiative Advisory Committee in 2017 as an interdisciplinary approach to issues related to concussion. Members include 40+ health care, education and advocacy professionals from across the state, all of whom share the goal of improving concussion education and care for all New Yorkers.
The goals of the Concussion Initiative are
- to identify and implement protocols that achieve a successful Return-to-Life for all New Yorkers who sustain concussions;
- advocate for public policy addressing concussion; and
- to implement educational standards that address concussion.
The Concussion Initiative convenes sub-committees that specialize in four specific areas. They are:
Legislation & Policy. Reviews current New York State legislation and policies, issues recommendations, and works with elected leaders and other stakeholders to increase awareness, diagnosis and management of concussion.
Public Awareness and Funding. Focuses on developing greater public awareness and pursuing sustainable financial support for the work of the Concussion Initiative.
Centers for Excellence. Analyzes health care systems and issues recommendations for innovative ideas that expand access to interdisciplinary concussion evaluation and treatment centers, including the integration of updated evidence-based guidelines.
Return to Life. Reviews guidelines and protocols related to concussion management and generates specific recommendations for integration of “Return to Life and Activity” protocols within medical, educational, vocational settings.