UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Hospital

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UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Hospital

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Other
  • Other: Daily education activities for patients and families
  • Other: education activities/games for staff
  • Other: written materials for both patients/families and professionals

Target Audiences:

  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We hosted a week of activities for the patients and families at our Adult Physical Rehabilitation Hospital as well as activities for the Rehab staff. Activities included: Daily Brain Health/ Disease and Treatment Education Puzzle Contests for staff; Successful Aging/Brain Health Puzzle Contests for the patients and families; Presentation of a Brain Disease/Treatment Reference Book (made from DANA Materials) for staff use; Daily provision of education materials for patients on various Brain Health/Successful Aging subjects. We had hoped to have a Brain Healthy Foods Pot-Luck luncheon to finish off the week however we decided to delay that event until after the limitations on social gatherings.All activities were very well received with all departments in the Rehab Hospital participating and already coming up with ideas for next year!!!

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

emails- reminders to "in-house" participants to prepare their materials.


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:

  • Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Brain Awareness Week Stickers
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites
  • Puzzles: Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Adults' Fact Sheets

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

I believe it provided very beneficial educational materials to our patients and their families, these materials sparked some interesting conversations among the professionals about the need to “update” our current education materials. Staff have already voiced intest in repeating participation in Brain Awareness Week next year and possibly expanding it to include our Cardiac Rehab Program and Community Fitness Programs.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

It would be great if you had more written educational materials that would be appropriate for low literacy adults but not labeled as being for school-aged children (perhaps offer some materials without the “Grade” designation). Thank you for offering materials in Spanish as well as English.

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Event Photos

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On our Dining Room tables

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Provided to our staff to use as reference for learning and to provide info to future patients

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Some of our local Brain Heros!

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Information provided to patients/families throughout the week

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The calm before the storm

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Debbie Bryan

Contact Phone:

903 596-3379

Contact Email:


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