Innovative Health - Volume 5 • Issue 3
T H E M A N Y S E R V I N G T H E M A N Y
ITT RAEAKLLYE D OAE S VILLAGE!
BY TOM CONSTAND, PRESIDENT AND CEO
THE BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN
The phrase “it takes a village” is by now a cliché,
although one that nonetheless accurately applies to
brain injury care and rehabilitation. Just consider the
range of skills and disciplines involved – from first
responders and emergency staff, to diagnostic and
surgical teams, in-patient care, then outpatient and rehab teams
with multiple therapists and psychologists, plus case managers,
social workers, transportation providers, caregivers, and certainly
not least, family members.
There is no question: helping survivors truly takes the efforts of
an entire village of committed practitioners, professionals, family
members, and caregivers.
So it might come as something of a surprise to learn that
running a social impact non-profit enterprise like the Brain Injury
Association of Michigan (BIAMI) also takes a village. In our case,
it is a village of sponsors, partners, and volunteers – without
whom we simply couldn’t do what we do.
BIAMI’s two-day Annual Conference is the largest such gathering
in the United States, attracting 1600 attendees and more than
150 exhibitors every September. It is an industry benchmark
in terms of speaker quality, educational content, and relevant
displays and exhibits. Bringing an event of this magnitude to