Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Bundle for American Indians

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can result from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury. Around 176 Americans die from a TBI-related injury each day. Indigenous people throughout North America are at greater risk for TBI and poor TBI-related outcomes based on disparities in health, connections to poverty, violence, and systemic racism. TBI has long been a concern for American Indians and there continues to be numerous barriers to receiving culturally appropriate, timely, and local short- and long-term treatment and services.

The TBI Resource Bundle for American Indians

In collaboration with American Indians partners, AIR researchers have developed a Traumatic Brain Injury Bundle to support American Indians with TBI, their families, and communities. The TBI Bundle contains free, research-based, and culturally tailored resources to help improve the rehabilitation outcomes of American Indians with TBI. Please check back periodically as we continue to update the Bundle with new resources.

Customizing TBI Bundle Resources

If your organization (e.g., Indian health organizations, hospitals, tribals, organization supporting people with TBI) is interested in customizing the TBI Bundle Resources as free information resources, we can add your organization’s logo, contact information, and any endorsement language on the TBI Bundle resources. Please contact us for more information.


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Understanding TBI

This infographic describes what TBI is, the causes of TBI, and recovery and impact of TBI.

Concussion Recovery

This infographic describes the common causes and symptoms of concussion and the general course of recovery.

TBI and Alcohol Use

This infographic describes the effects of alcohol on the brain after TBI and ways to cut down or stop drinking.

The project is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (grant number 90DPKT0008).