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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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Stroke Awareness

Advisory Board Meeting (NTAB)


DATE: June 28, 2019

TIME: 1:30 – 4:00 pm

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Click to view June 28 NTAB meeting minutes

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Honolulu: Kalanimoku Bldg., 1151 Punchbowl St., Basement

Hilo: State Office Building, 75 Aupuni St., Basement

Lihue: State Office Building, 3060 Eiwa St.

Wailuku: State Office Building, 54 South High St.

Neurotrauma Office

Department of Health

Developmental Disabilities Division

Community Resources Branch

Neurotrauma Supports

3627 Kilauea Avenue

Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Oahu: 733-2155

Island of Hawaii (Toll Free): 974-4000, enter ext. 32155 

Maui (Toll Free): 984-2400 enter ext. 32155

Kauai (Toll Free): 274-3141 enter ext. 32155

Molokai & Lanai (Toll Free): 1-800-468-4644  enter ext. 32155

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Administration – Oahu

Debra Tsutsui, Branch Chief
ph. 733-2135
Ellen Sumida, Secretary
ph. 733-2135

Staffing – Oahu

Wendie Lino – Supervisor
ph.  733-2142
Sevia Seui – Office Assistant ph. 733-2134
Curtis Inouye – Neurotrauma Staff
ph. 733-2147
Chelsea Ko – Neurotrauma Staff
ph. 733-2148
Michele Tong  – Neurotrauma Staff
ph. 733-2152

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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