Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lecture/ Briefing
- Other: Brain Factoids display in hallways
- General Public
- Patients & Caregivers
- Other: Participants and family members in treatment for substance use disorders and court appointed advocates for foster children
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
--Your Brain on Drugs, lecture in ed group to our residential and outpatient participants explaining physical changes to the brain in the addiction process and why 95% of substance use problems begin during adolescence. --Brain Care = Health Care; Registered Dietitian from Hy-Vee came to speak about positive food choices to support recovery AND overall brain health. --Understanding the Vulnerable Teen Brain--a presentation to advocates of foster children to help them understand how trauma and youth make youth brains more vulnerable to drugs. --Brain Factoids--posters in our hallway all week for program participants, staff and family member to learn more about the brain.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:
- Staying Sharp Bookmark
- BAW Stickers
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
- Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Fact Sheets
- Lesson Plans
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Logos
- BAW Facebook Cover Photo
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
BAW benefits our agency through informing our participants, funders, board leadership, familiy members and staff that addictions or substance use disorders are CHRONIC BRAIN HEALTH ISSUES. Immediate outcomes have been that people have a pencil with a brain erase with a flag sticker contact information on them. >VERY CUTE, VERY MEMORABLE, VERY HELPFUL> . Longer term benefits: we continue to hold up brain research as a key component to prevention, treatment and recovery from addictions.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
Think creatively. Almost any agency, school or organization is interested in brain health since it impacts every area of our lives.
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