Health—General & Rehabilitative

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

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Health Support Services (E60)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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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
Budget
$71,000

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.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Caregivers
Budget
$45,000

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
Budget
$35,000

AHIF utilizes the services of 8 Resource Coordinators, 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
People with disabilities
Caregivers
Budget
$467,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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 utilizes a cognitive assessment tool called the MPAI-4 to establish a base-line of cognitive function at the time of client intake, and then conducts six month and one year follow-ups to measure progress. AHIF is also working to establish a Caregiver measurement tool to monitor the emotional and mental health of caregivers, whose health is vital to the long-term outcomes expected for many TBI survivors. AHIF also measures the number of referrals annually, and tracks the time from injury to referral, and from referral to client intake to make this process as efficient as possible.

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.

Financials

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Alabama Head Injury Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Karen Hislop

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Term: 2019 - 2020

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Keywords

brain injury