The Public Health Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury


  • Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa
  • Alexis Peterson
  • Lara (Lace) DePadilla
  • Jill Daugherty


  • Participants will identify recent estimates of traumatic brain injury in the United States.
  • Participants will understand methods to estimate TBI prevalence and evaluating public health interventions
  • Participants will learn about guidelines and projects that contribute to improving the care of TBI in children.


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In 2010, 2.5 million TBIs occurred either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. The public health model provides a framework for understanding a broader impact of TBI. The model consists of four steps: 1) surveillance, an ongoing and systematic collection of data that can be analyzed to examine trends; 2) identification of risk and protective factors; 3) the design and testing of interventions; and 4) broad dissemination of evidence-based interventions and best practices 1,2. This symposium will highlight key areas of focus at CDC to better describe the public health burden of TBI and to identify approaches to improve outcomes for those who experience TBI. CDC requires clearance of all abstracts submitted to conferences. We are in the process of obtaining clearance for the specific presentations and will upload once received.

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