'Multicultural Perspectives on Brain Injury' talk planned here Monday

‘Multicultural Perspectives on Brain Injury’ talk planned here Monday

Raye Black of the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota will discuss “Multicultural Perspectives on Brain Injury” in a 4 to 5 p.m. lecture Monday, March 12, in the 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is being held in connection with the start of National Brain Awareness Week.

Raye, the association’s multicultural outreach coordinator, will discuss the role of the association in serving people with brain injuries, the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults.

She also will address the challenges of identifying and treating brain injury in Minnesota’s diverse populations, including American Indian, Hmong, African American, Somali and Latino residents.

“More than 100,000 Minnesotans suffer disability as a result of brain injury, and that is more than six times the rate for breast cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV-AIDS combined,” commented Dr. Roxanne Prichard, a member of St. Thomas’ psychology faculty. “Unfortunately, members of underserved communities are especially at risk for developing, acquiring or inheriting neural diseases and disorders, and are less likely to have access to important preventative and treatment measures.”

For more information about the talk, call Prichard at (651) 962-5043. More information about National Brain Awareness Week can be found on the Web at https://www.dana.org/brainweek/.