Dr Lorenz will be presenting
Contesting Health Policy: Toward a vision of community-based rehabilitation for brain injury to the NEW Global Youth Summit
at Brandeis University Tuesday Evening, June 25th 2013 on
the Future of Medicine: (175 participants), part of
an exciting, highly competitive summer program for high school
students that drew hundreds of applications from across the country.
Students will participate in interactive lectures by Brandeis
faculty, conduct site visits at hospitals and medical schools, and
develop their own answers to medical and health challenges and
opportunities for a culminating symposium.
Description of Presentation: The adult brain’s capacity for recovery from injury is now seen as dynamic, with formation of new cells playing a role in recovery of and compensation for lost function. Yet rehabilitation prospects are limited for the more than 5 million individuals in the U.S. living with disabilities from traumatic brain injury, or any injury to the brain from a blow or other outside force. This paper provides a brief review of brain injury epidemiology, rehabilitation policies, and the different entities contesting them in the United States; and proposes a view of community-based rehabilitation for chronic brain injury that is grounded in clinical research and reflected in photographs and captions created by adults with brain injury during a participatory research project to investigate their lived experience. The paper concludes with a call to incorporate evidence from “real world” experience into policy development, and a utopian vision for closing the community integration gap for individuals with brain injury and supporting brain fitness (emotional, social, cognitive, and physical) for all.
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Laura spoke recently on her book Brain Injury X-Posed: The Survivor’s View.
A book talk sponsored by Global Health, Public Health Program,
College of Education and Health Sciences, Touro University
California. June 6th, 2013.
Author and social scientist Laura Lorenz shared evocative visual portrayals of life with brain injury for three adults living in eastern Massachusetts, reviewed brain injury epidemiology, symptoms, and policies, and suggested ways in which the stories presented contest current rehabilitation policies and suggest new, community-based policy paradigms and directions.
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Engaging patients and communities in health
• Sponsored by
Global Health, Public Health Program, College of Education and Health Sciences, Touro University California. June 7th, 2013
Laura presented a workshop: In this one-day, hands-on, interactive workshop, social scientist Laura S. Lorenz explored the foundations of photovoice and share photos from three photovoice projects she has led in the US and South Africa since 2001--with teenage girls, youth living with HIV/AIDS, and adult brain injury survivors. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a solid understanding of this popular approach to participatory health and community research and its potential applications.
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Laura presented on her book Brain injury: Narratives of rehabilitation and healing,
as part of the panel “Spotlight: Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Rethinking an Abelist World” chaired by
Ronald Berger Prof at the
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and consulting editor for the Disability in Society book series with Lynne Rienner Publishers, at the
Ninth Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
(ICQI) Conference, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL. May 17th, 2013
For more information, a copy of her presentation, and the conference brochure please
Transitional Life Experiences of the Long-term Brain Injury Survivor: A Qualitative Study to Understand Survivors’ Perspectives
Sindi Samayoa, MS, CRC, Senior Director of Quality Management, Advocates, Inc.; Laura Lorenz, PhD, MEd, CBIS, Senior Research Associate & Lecturer, Brandeis University; Therese O’Neil Pirozzi, ScD, Professor at Northeastern University; Michelle Demore-Taber, ScD, CBIS, Director of Brain Injury Services, Advocates, Inc.
This workshop will discuss results from a qualitative research study which attempted to give voice to the long-term brain injury survivor who had a transitional experience moving from a more restrictive living setting to a fully integrated, independent living model of housing with an individually-driven model of support services. 32nd Annual Conference,
Association of Massachusetts, March 28th from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Best Western Royal Hotel and Plaza in
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Valentine's Day Special ! (Feb 14th 2013) Laura was a guest on two radio programs
-- at 3 pm and 10 pm EST.
The 3 pm show is focused on brain injury, the 10 pm Brain
Injury Radio show is
The radio host is FantasticFrank, a brain injury survivor.
For more information about the
show, links, and phone#'s
Come listen and to join the conversations by calling in! Tell
friends and colleagues who might be interested also !
Publications Author. (2012). A Way into Empathy: A 'Case' of Photo-Elicitation in Illness Research. In J. Hughes (Ed.),
SAGE Visual Methods. London: SAGE Publications. (forthcoming).
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on our Presentations
Lorenz, L. S. and
Chilingerian, Jon A. (2011).
Visual and Narrative Methods to Achieve Fair Process in Clinical Care.
JoVE - Journal of Visualized Experiments (February 16th
2011) over 16,053 viewings.
(14:32 Min). Read more by clicking