JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives voted unanimously for a resolution proclaiming March of 2021 as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Alaska. House Majority Leader Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) sponsored House Resolution 7 to raise awareness about the prevalence of brain injuries and to highlight how to prevent these injuries.
nnu201cMost of the time, physical injuries are easy to see, but thatu2019s not the case with many brain injuries. They largely go unseen, and too often, they go undiagnosed and untreated. By approving this resolution, the Alaska House of Representatives is raising awareness of an issue that affects the lives of thousands of Alaskans and millions of Americans. Iu2019m hopeful that increased awareness will result in better prevention and more brain injuries being identified and treated, which, in turn, will improve more lives,u201d Representative Tuck said.
nBecause many brain injuries are never diagnosed, it is impossible to know how many people are impacted. Still, the Brain Injury Association of America estimates that 12 percent of the population has experienced at least one brain injury. Every 9 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a brain injury, and it is estimated that around 800 Alaskans will be hospitalized this year due to a brain injury.
nnu201cAccidents happen. Thatu2019s a fact of life. However, many of the most common brain injuries can be prevented by wearing a seat belt or strapping on a helmet when biking, snowmachining, or riding an ATV. By designating March as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Alaska, we are trying to focus attention on an issue that can change a personu2019s life forever in obvious and not so obvious ways,u201d Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) said.n
nHR 7 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today, 39-0.
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