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November 2020

Save the Date
BIAPA at The Extraordinary Give -- Friday, November 20 

2020 Educational Series - Professionals Earn CEUs

Professionals, Brain Injury Survivors, and their families are invited to sign up today! Join us LIVE or ON-DEMAND for these informative sessions for personal knowledge-building or professional continuing education credits from the comfort and convenience of your home, organization, or wherever you are located. Corporate Sponsorship opportunities and financial assistance are available. To learn more, or to register, visit here.

Helmets for the Holidays

Giving Tuesday is happening on December 1st! Please consider giving to BIAPA's Helmets for the Holidays campaign. Each year BIAPA holds Brain Safety Fairs throughout the Commonwealth. These family-friendly events include fitting and distributing free bicycle helmets to children and adults. Gifts to the Helmets for the Holidays campaign support this vital program designed to help prevent brain injuries.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of a friend, family member, or colleague, please note that information on our secure form, and we will send our Helmets for the Holidays bicycling snowman card with a message about your gift to the person you have honored.

BIAPA will also work with businesses that choose to support Helmets for the Holidays in honor of their clients and vendors by providing them with cards they can send to those they are honoring in this way for the holidays.

Click here for more information about the Helmets for the Holidays campaign.

BIAPA Welcomes Two New Team Members

Administrative Coordinator - Sandra Powell 

Sandra is the founder of her own virtual assistant company, Sandra Powell VA. She has 20+ years experience optimizing productivity, efficiency, and service quality across various environments.

Prior to launching her virtual assistant business in 2014, she was the Manager of Medical Staff Services at WellSpan Health for nearly eightlyears. In that role, she supported the Vice President of Medical Affairs, as well as managed the credentialing and re-credentialing process for 500+ physicians.

Sandra holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Health Care Administration from Elizabethtown College. In addition, she has an Associate of Arts in Business Studies from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Financial Coordinator -  Laurie Bedel

For the last 15 years Laurie was the Financial Coordinator with Susan G. Komen Greater PA. As a breast cancer survivor she appreciated Komen's passion and dedication to its mission, and she has already seen that same passion for mission at BIAPA. According to Laurie, "It is the best part of working in the non-profit world." Laurie holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Grove City College.


Support Group Corner

Pop-Up Support Group Update

BIAPA's next Pop-Up support group is happening this week! The theme is Arts Fest, and it will showcase skills and talents of individuals with brain injury.  All are welcome! Join us via  zoom on Thursday, November 19 at 5 pm. Click on this link to attend : https://zoom.us/j/98598623268

If you aren't able to access the video conference, you can join by telephone: 301-715-8592.


Other Virtual Support Group Meetings
It is encouraging that so many support groups are meeting virtually! Click here for a list of the groups who are meeting through videoconferencing. If you are interested in attending a virtual meeting, please reach out to the person listed as the contact for the group so that you can learn how to join the meeting.

A full list of support groups with contact information for each is on the BIAPA Website Support Group Listing page. If you are aware of groups that are meeting through video conferencing, please contact Candace Gantt, BIAPA Vice-President, at candace.gantt@verizon.net  so that we can let others know. 

Thank you to our Corporate Partners

Platinum Partners


Gold Partner


Silver Partners

Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania
8878 Covenant Avenue, No. 217
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 717-692-5569, 1-866-635-7097


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