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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury to the head arising from a blunt or penetrating trauma that causes damage to the brain such as when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. TBI can also be caused from acceleration-deceleration forces.

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Spinal Cord Injury

An injury that stems from a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses one or more vertebrae. Additional damage can occur over the following days or weeks due to bleeding, swelling, inflammation and fluid accumulation in or around the spinal cord.

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Stroke is the #1 cause of chronic disability and #3 cause of death in Hawaii (State of Hawaii Department of Health, 2017).

In 2014, 3.1% of the population (over 43,000 people) of Hawai’i indicated they had been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they had a stroke (Hawai’i Health Data Warehouse, 2014).

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Per Chapter 321H-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS): The Neurotrauma Special Fund (NSF) shall be used for funding and contracting for the services relating to neurotrauma as follows:

(1) Education on neurotrauma
(2) Assistance to individuals and families to identify and obtain access to services
(3) Creation of a registry of neurotrauma injuries within the State to identify incidence, prevalence, individual needs, and related information

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COVID-19 Resources

Here is a link to information on COVID-19 resources from the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators:

Here is a link to information on COVID-19 resources from Hire Abilities Hawaii:

Stroke Awarness

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The UnMasking Brain Injury Project Hawaii Masks & Stories

Advisory Board Meeting (NTAB)


DATE: April 24, 2020

TIME: 1:30 – 4:00 pm

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Zoom – Meeting ID: 575890360

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Advisory Board Meeting (STBIAB)


DATE: Jan. 14, 2020

TIME: 1:30 – 4:00 pm

*The next meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2020.

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Honolulu: Kinau Hale Bldg., 1250 Punchbowl Street, 1st Floor Board Room

Lihue: Kauai District Health Office, 3040 Umi Street



Neurotrauma Office

Department of Health

Developmental Disabilities Division

Community Resources Branch

Neurotrauma Supports

3627 Kilauea Avenue

Honolulu, Hawaii 96816


Oahu: 733-2155
Toll Free: (833) 333-5133

Send: Neurotrauma E-mail

Administration – Oahu

Jennifer La’a – Branch Chief ph. 733-2135
Ellen Sumida, Secretary

Staffing – Oahu

Wendie Lino – Section Supervisor ph. 733-2134
Sevia Seui – Office Assistant
Chelsea Ko – Staff
Michele Tong – Staff
Christel Magallanes – Staff

Hawai’i Neurotrauma Registry Project

Hawaii Neurotrauma Registry

The Neurotrauma Registry is a voluntary database of Hawaii residents with neurotrauma injury (Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury or Stroke). Funded by the Department of Health, the State of Hawaii currently has limited information about how many people are living with neurotrauma injury and what their needs are. A registry would provide lawmakers, medical providers and researchers the information they need to better serve these individuals.

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