Alabama Head Injury Foundation, Inc.

aka AHIF   |   Hoover, AL   |  http://www.ahif.org

Mission

To improve the quality of life for survivors of traumatic brain injury and for their families.

Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF) works directly with the survivors and their caregivers to ease their transition from a hospital or rehab facility into a living environment that promotes safety, recovery and the highest level of independent living possible. AHIF continues working with survivors and their caregiver through ongoing services that include support groups, camp and respite care. AHIF services are offered in all 67 counties of Alabama.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Mr. Scott Powell

Main address

500 Chase Park South Suite 130

Hoover, AL 35244 USA

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EIN

63-0893496

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Alabama Department of Public Health maintains a registry of traumatic brain injuries in the state that required an overnight hospital stay. In 2018, the registry reported 4,413 new traumatic brain injuries in the state, an increase of more than 100 from 2017. The number of new injuries has increased every year since the registry was started in the the 1990's. Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF) is working to prevent the three most common negative outcomes that occur when an individual has sustained a traumatic brain injury and fails to successfully transition home. These are INSTITUTIONALIZATION (being placed into a nursing home facility); RE-HOSPITALIZATION; or INCARCERATION. AHIF works with survivors and their families to promote long-term strategies to ensure the highest quality of life and independent living for survivors following their injury.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Respite Care Program

AHIF partners with home health agencies across the state to administer a need-based voucher program to TBI survivors and their caregivers, providing approximately 40 hours of free respite care to caregivers of a TBI survivor on an annual basis.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
People with disabilities

Because the primary complaint of individuals living with traumatic brain injury is social isolation, AHIF offers 15 recreational support groups across the state to provide socialization opportunities for survivors and caregivers, share information about available resources and provide recreational activities for all attendees. Due to COVID-19, AHIF has switched all of its support groups to a Zoom platform. The format has been received so well, and opened the door for participation to some who otherwise would never attend an in-person group, that AHIF is committed to continuing this virtual format along with its in-person groups when the pandemic ends.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Caregivers

AHIF provides a week-long and two weekend recreational camps. Two of the camps are at Camp ASCCA in Jackson's Gap, AL and the other is at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL. The camps are free to attend, and are designed for TBI survivors and one companion.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Caregivers

AHIF utilizes the services of 7 Support Specialists, located throughout the state, to work with TBI survivors and their families to transition home from a hospital/rehab facility, typically into the home of a family member. Our staff then help identify and secure available resources in the community, coordinate home modifications, secure durable medical equipment, assist with applying for eligible benefits and work to establish short and long-term goals for continued recovery.

Population(s) Served

AHIF provides free mental health counseling to both TBI survivors and to caregivers. AHIF recognizes the tremendous emotional impact that living with a TBI can have, as well as the impact serving as a 24/7 caregiver can have. AHIF provides this counseling through a full-time dedicated counselor, additional staff who provide counseling in conjunction with their other roles, and also counseling interns from universities within the state.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Caregivers
People with disabilities
Caregivers

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal #1: Establish and maintain long-term relationships with referral channels across the state to ensure that AHIF is contacted as quickly as possible following a traumatic brain injury so that services can be offered and provided in the earliest time-frame possibility when the most effective results can be achieved.
Goal #2: Successfully transition each TBI survivor into an independent living situation or into the home of a loved one who will serve as a caregiver to promote the most supportive and independent living situation possible for the survivor, and offer the long-term supports to maintain this situation (respite care, support groups, peer support programs, mental health counseling, etc.)
Goal #3: Work to promote greater awareness of the prevalence of, causes of, possible prevention of, and challenges created by traumatic brain injury across our state.

Strategy #1: AHIF will utilize its status as a certified CE/CEU provider in social work and in nursing to schedule in-services across the state with healthcare and rehab institutions to ensure they are aware of our programs/services and the referral process to notify us of a potential client as quickly as possible following their injury.
Strategy #2: Following the receiving of a referral, AHIF staff conduct a home assessment for where the TBI survivor will be going following discharge, identifying any needs and then working with the family to achieve these modifications and acquire necessary equipment as quickly as possible to ensure a smooth transition.
Strategy #3: AHIF staff then will work with the survivors and/or their family to establish an array of short-term and long-term goals that will provide the highest quality of life for the survivor and nurture the existing living situation to avoid negative outcomes. This includes the direct provision of support groups, mental health counseling, peer support programs, camp opportunities as well as contractual respite care services provided at no cost to caregivers.
Strategy #4: AHIF will focus its primary efforts on schools and youth sports to educate members of the community on the causes of TBI, and the many easy prevention methods that include helmet safety, seat belts, and practicing habits that discourage distracted driving.

AHIF utilizes the services of 8 field staff, located across the state, who live and work in the communities they serve. These specially trained staff members uniquely understand the resources, facilities, and challenges of communities across our state and allow them to create and implement customized plans that take into consideration the specific resources available in a particular community.

AHIF has seen an overall average improvement of 23.7% in its MPAI-4 assessment over the first six months, and then a slower additional 2.4% over the second six months. AHIF is seeking additional program options and strategies for how to maintain the progress made during the first six months over a longer time period, and prevent the regression that AHIF has found often begins to set in in the 2-3 year time-frame following an injury. Specifically, AHIF has partnered with 6-8 college and universities across the state to establish an inter-disciplinary therapy camp model that allows students from an array of disciplines that include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology, nutrition/dietician, social work, nursing, music therapy, art therapy, rehab counseling, prosthetics/orthotics, audiology and law to work with survivors and caregivers who are multiple years removed from their injury to identify new ideas and strategies for continuing their progress and ability to compensate for the long-term effects of their injury.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Survivors of traumatic brain injury and their caregivers

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    A number of clients shared their difficulty in locating and securing therapy services in the community, so AHIF worked with university partners across the state to begin offering a combination of both in-person and virtual therapy options for clients.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    AHIF staff recognize that programs and services seem more like a joint venture with clients and caregivers, where all are active participants not just in the program/service itself, but in its planning and execution.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Alabama Head Injury Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/4/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ty Brown

Marsh Rickard Law Firm

Term: 2022 - 2021

Michael Andrews

Beasley Allen Law Firm

John Gordon

Edward Jones

Kim Vice

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Jack Sellers

Bowden Sarrett

Brownell Travel

Mark Andrews

Morris Cary Andrews Talmadge and Driggers Law Firm

Kayla Feazell

Encompass Health

Devan Byrd

Hare Wynn Law Firm

Ty Brown

Marsh Rickard Law Firm

Derek Woessner

Cam Ward

Alabama State Parole Board

Michael Parker

University of Alabama Emeritus Professor

Melissa Pangelinan

Auburn University Kinesiology Professor

Brandy Robertson

Henninger Garrison Davis Law Firm

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/04/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/04/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.