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Preventing and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Children



CSN Webinar
Jun 18, 2013


2 - 3 PM ET


This collaborative webinar between the Children's Safety Network and the HRSA Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance Center (TBI TAC) at NORC will provide an overview of the burden of TBI among young children ages, 0-4, the work of the HRSA Traumatic Brain Injury Program, and efforts to mitigate the impact of TBI on this population. Focusing on the state of Utah, participants will learn about the Medical Home Portal, highlights from the state's training on TBI in 0-4 year olds, and research in the area. The opportunity to participate in CSN's upcoming Community of Practice on Traumatic Brain Injury will also be presented.

About Our Speakers:

Sally Fogerty, Director of the Children’s Safety Network National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center, is involved in developing prevention programs, trainings, and materials to reduce and prevent both intentional and unintentional injuries. She focuses on integrating injury and violence prevention across programs in state health departments, particularly maternal and child health programs, and in shaping injury prevention policies, and promoting coordination to assist in implementing injury prevention strategies.   Prior to joining CSN, Ms. Fogerty worked in various roles within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to develop comprehensive initiatives across the life span, integrate preventive and health promotion strategies into the health and human service system, and set policy. Her areas of expertise include injury and violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, special needs, chronic disease prevention, school health, early childhood, HIV/AIDS, and healthy weight.  Ms. Fogerty has been engaged in multiple national agencies and associations, including holding offices from regional director to president of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP).  She is a registered nurse and has a Masters of Education degree.

George Bahouth, D.Sc. has worked as a senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) since 2004 and directs the Children’s Safety Network Economics and Data Analysis Resource Center at PIRE. He is a mechanical engineer by training whose emphasis has been the evaluation of motor vehicle safety using large scale crash, injury, and mortality data. His research has focused on behavioral safety countermeasures, including safety belt, child restraint, and DUI laws as well as technology countermeasures designed to prevent or reduce the severity of motor vehicle crashes, including enhanced airbag systems, crash avoidance countermeasures, and pedestrian protection systems. Dr. Bahouth and his team utilize injury data and cost models to evaluate safety technologies and policy interventions. Dr. Bahouth received his Doctor of Science degree from the George Washington University in 2003.

Donelle McKenna, Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Division of Services for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. She received her Masters in Health Services Administration with a concentration in Health Systems Management from The George Washington University and a Bachelors in Community Health Education from Morgan State University. She joined the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2005, as a HRSA Scholar. Through this program she worked in several offices throughout HRSA including the Office of Legislation, Office of Rural Health Policy, Office of Management, and finally the Maternal & Child Health Bureau. This is where she began working in TBI. While at HRSA she was also commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service and has since been promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Prior to HRSA, she worked as a Health & Disabilities coordinator with Head Start and as a Patient Advocate with the Patient Advocate Foundation.

Courtney E. Jones, MS CCC-SLP has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Primary Children Medical center for 14 years. She has a passion for the assessment and treatment of children with acquired brain injury and leads the cognitive development team.  Courtney is the Chairperson for the Utah Traumatic Brain Injury Council and provides Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) training for 0-4 providers throughout the state of Utah regarding TBI assessment, treatment and resources for the TBI grant. She lives in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT and enjoys mountain recreation with her family (husband and two sons 6, 9) while always wearing a helmet. Courtney can be contacted at

Chuck Norlin, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he practices and teaches general pediatrics.  He practiced general pediatrics in Salt Lake City for 10 years before joining the faculty in 1990 and he served as Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics from 1993-2010. He was the generalist for the pediatric cardiac transplant program at Primary Children’s Medical Center from 1991-2011.  Since 2001, Dr. Norlin has directed the Medical Home Portal (, a web-based information resource to support primary care clinicians and families in caring and advocating for children with special health care needs. He served as co-director, in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health, of three medical home/integrated services implementation projects funded by the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Dr. Norlin directs the Utah Pediatric Partnership to Improve Healthcare Quality (UPIQ,, established in 2003 to improve the health of Utah’s children by promoting and supporting quality improvement in primary care practices.  He is also medical director and principal investigator of the Children’s Healthcare Improvement Collaboration, a 5-year project funded by a CHIPRA Quality Demonstrations grant (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) aimed at developing systems to improve and support quality in children’s healthcare for Utah and Idaho.  

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For more information about TBI and Sport-Related Concussions, check out CSN's Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Resource Guide 2013 and CSN's Sport-Related Concussions in Children and Adolescents - Fact Sheets 2013