(2018) | Useful to Parent Centers and the families and professionals they work with on behalf of children and youth with a traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children is a significant public health problem in the United States. A traumatic brain injury disrupts the normal function of the brain, and can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a related injury. Children have the highest rate of emergency department visits for traumatic brain (TBI) injury of all age groups.

In 2018, CDC released this Report to Congress on the Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children, which details the impact a TBI can have on children and their families. The report also:

  • identifies gaps in care,
  • provides opportunities for action to reduce the gaps, and
  • highlights key policy strategies to address the short and long-term consequences of a TBI.

Accompanying the report are 4 fact sheets, each intended for a different audience (i.e., families, schools, service providers, and partners in policy making). There are also graphics and digital ads that can be used on the web, Facebook, and Twitter to “get the message out.” All materials focus on recognizing TBI in children and improving outcomes for children with TBI.

Access the CDC’s report to Congress, the fact sheets, and other materials, beginning at: