2021 Brain Injury Support Group Activities

Event Calendar

 

Attention - The BIAIA brain injury support groups will not be meeting in person until further notice, for reason of health and safety precautions. We would like to be proactive in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 among Iowans impacted by brain injury.  Information about the virus and updates can be found here Iowa Department of Public Health UpdatesWe would like to invite all Iowans impacted by these cancelations, to our upcoming Statewide Online Support Groups! 

 
Our Online Support Groups below are from 3p-4:30p every Thursday. Please click the date below that you wish to register for.
Caregiver Support Groups are held from 3p-4:30p on the first Thursday of the month. Please click the date below that you wish to register for.
Check out our Facebook Caregiver Support Group page HERE
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A monthly support group for survivors and caregivers that meets the 2nd Monday of the month
Location: New Location To Be Determined , Iowa City Area. Currently meeting by ZOOM.
Time: 7p-8:30p
Contact: Tasnia Iqbal - 319-504-7951 or [email protected] 
Iowa City Area Brain Injury Facebook Page
*For transportation, please call Greg Thompson at (319) 351-5579 or [email protected]

Iowa City Recreational Meeting at Uptown Bill's Coffee Shop
A monthly support group for survivors that meets the first Tuesday of the month
Location: New Location To Be Determined , Iowa City Area. Currently meeting by ZOOM.
Time: 7p-8:30p
Contact: Tasnia Iqbal - 319-504-7951 or [email protected] 
*For transportation, please call Greg Thompson at (319) 351-5579 or [email protected]
Cedar Rapids Support Group (in addition to, not replacing, the current Cedar Rapids group that meets on the 3rd Monday of the month)
A monthly group that meets the 4th Monday of each month 
Location: St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 610 31st St. SE, Cedar Rapids, Room 9 - NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Time: 7-8:30p
Contact: Courtney Sand, 319-466-7455 or [email protected]
Cedar Rapids "Beginning Again" Survivor Group
A monthly group for survivors that meets the 3rd Monday of the month
Location: Horizons Family Services, 819 5th St. SE, Cedar Rapids - NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Time: 6p-8p
Contact: Scott McDowell, 319-777-9318 or  [email protected] - [email protected]  *For transportation, call James Weber at 319-899-4243
BIAIA East Central Chapter Office is located at 1221 Park Place NR, C-1, Cedar Rapids, IA  52402  Phone: 319-393-1202 
Click HERE for the latest East Central Area Chapter Newsletter
Meet 3rd Monday each month.
Location: Meeting by Zoom
Time: 5:30-7pm
NEXT MEETING IS APRIL 19 REGISTER HERE
Contact: Theresa Henderson and Amy Byers or [email protected]
Central Area Support Group Facebook Page
Mason City Area Support Group 
A monthly support group for survivors and caregivers held 2nd Monday of the month
Location:  Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, 1000 4th St SW, Mason City, Iowa (Park at Forest Park Clinic West parking lot. Use hospital west entrance and that lobby's single elevator. Follow signs.) - NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Time: 6:30p
Contact: Pat Teeter - (641) 425-9818, [email protected]

Dubuque Area Support Group
A monthly support group for survivors and caregivers held on 2nd Thursday of the month
Location:  Mercy Hospital - Room 1B, 250 Mercy Dr., Dubuque, IA - NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Time: 7:00p
Contact Tammy Gehling  [email protected]

Northwest Iowa TBI Support Group
A monthly support group held 2nd Thursday of the month
Location:  United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St., Laurens, Iowa (Park and enter on the south side of the church off of Olive St) - NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Time: 6:00p
Contact: Rob Schramm, (515) 570-9816 or [email protected]
Quad Cities Area Support Group
A monthly support group held 2nd Monday each month
Location:  Sunderbruch Room, 2nd Floor, Genesis West 1401 West Central Park, Davenport, IA
Time: 6:00p - NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Contact: Jan Barker - (563) 340-0995, [email protected] (temporary Facilitator is Karen Johnson - [email protected])
Marshalltown Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month
Location: Glenwood Place - Assisted Living and Memory Care, 2907 S. 6th St., Marshalltown, IA 50158
Time: 2p-3p - NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Contact: Daryl Lorell - (641) 751-8334, [email protected]

Muscatine Brain Injury Support Group
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month
Location: Our Savior Lutheran Church- 2611 Lucas St. Muscatine, IA 52761
Time: 5:30  - NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Contact: Jeanne Johnson, 563-260-6230 or [email protected]

Northeast Iowa Area Survivor and Family Group
The support group Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month
Location: Kimball Ridge Center, 2101 Kimball, Waterloo
Time: 6:00p - NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Contact: Steven Eilers - (319) 429-0689, [email protected]
Northeast Iowa Area Survivor and Family Group Facebook Page
 
BIAIA Facebook Brain Injury Support Groups
Facebook - BIAIA Persons Affected by Brain Injury Community!
An online space, created by the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, that provides a forum for survivors of brain injury and their loved ones provide support to one another!
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BIASurvivorAndFamily/
Contact: Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa - (855) 444-6443, [email protected]

Facebook - Connecting Together Facebook Support Group
An online space, created by the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, that provides a forum for 
parents of children with brain injury to provide support to one another!
Website:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/218527012398968/
Contact the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa - 855-444-6443  [email protected]
Facebook - Iowa Brain Injury Caregivers Support Group (Private)
The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa’s Iowa Brain Injury Caregivers Support Group is a private, welcoming, supportive place for brain injury caregivers - spouses, significant others, parents, siblings, friends, etc. - to come together to receive helpful information and resources, as well as to connect and receive peer support and encouragement from individuals with shared, unique experiences.
Contact the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa - 855-444-6443 or [email protected] 

Facebook - Iowa Brain Injury Caregivers Support Group (Public)

A place for brain injury caregivers, as well as individuals who support caregivers (e.g., survivors, friends, family, professionals), to come together to receive helpful information and resources.
Website:  https://www.facebook.com/IABrainInjuryCaregivers
Contact the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa - 855-444-6443  [email protected]

Iowa Stroke Support Groups
** CALL first to see if these groups are meeting**
West Burlington Stroke Support Group
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7:00-11:00 AM
Location: Blackhawk Room (lower level) - Great River Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Road, West Burlington, Iowa
Contact: Snake Alley Rehabilitation, 319-768-4200
Click HERE for more information
 
Cedar Rapids Stamp Out Stroke Support Group
Meets the 4th Thursday of every month from 5:00-6:30 PM
Location: Mercy Medical Center, Katz Cardiovascular Conference Room, 1st Floor
Contact:  Jennifer Austin, RN, 319-440-0312- [email protected]
Cedar Falls Stroke Support Group
 Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month
 Location:  Meeting Room 3, Unity Point Clinic-Prairie Parkway, 5100 Prairie Parkway, Cedar Falls
Contact - to RSVP or questions, call Brody at 319-235-3424 at Unity Point Allen Hospital
Cedar Rapids - Stroke Survivor Breakfast Club
 Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
 Location:  Via Sofia Restaurant - 1125 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids (across from St. Luke's Hospital)
  - Enjoy Via Sofia’s delicious breakfast menu, including half-price coffee! Everyone will order separately, and pay individually.  There is no formal program, you can look forward to friendly faces, good food and great conversation with others going through similar situations - Drop ins are welcome, but space is limited so let us know if you think you're planning to attend! 
Contact: Kristin Bierdmann  319-369-8877   [email protected]
Dubuque Stroke Support Group
Meets the last Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Location: Acute Rehab Dining Room, 4th Floor of Finley Hospital, 350 North Grandview Ave
Contact: 563-557-2795
Waverly Stroke Support Group
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 11Am to 12:30 pm
Location: Tendrils Rooftop Garden at Waverly Health Center, 312 9th Street SW
Contact: 319-352-4120

Waterloo Continued Life After Surviving Stroke (CLASS)
Meets 2nd Wednesday of every month 10:00-11:00 AM
Location: Unity Point/Allen Hospital, Prairie Parkway Meeting Room 1 (First Floor), 5100 Prairie Park Way, Cedar Falls
Contact: Amy Davison at (319) 235-3424 to register
Topic: "Coffee & Conversation" - Join us for stroke support group! Come make gratitude jars and have a morning filled with good conversation.

Waterloo Stroke Information Network
Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 3:00-4:00 PM, except December.
Location: Rehabilitation Unit at Covenant Medical Center, 3421 W 9th St., Waterloo, IA
Contact: Julie Grosser, 319-272-7921

Des Moines Stroke Club at UnityPoint Health
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7:00-8:30 PM. Click HERE for more information
This group does NOT meet October, November, December, and January
Location: Unity Point Health - Des Moines Stroke Club, New Hope Methodist Church, 4525 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA
Contact: Sue, 515-241-8139
Click HERE to read their most recent newsletter

Ankeny Stroke Support Group at On With Life
Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month
Location: On With Life's Wellness Gym, 715 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023
Contact: On With Life at [email protected]
Click HERE for more information

Ames Stroke Support Group
Group meets 3rd Tuesday from 4:00-5:00 PM
Location: Mary Greeley Medical Center, Conference Room C
Contact: Sharon Ellrich, 515-956-2774
Online Stroke Support Group
For those of you looking for an online support group, here is a website for you: http://www.strokenetwork.org/
It is a very active group. You have to join like a listserv and you post a question or issue and the group will email you back suggestions. Everyone in the group has survived a stroke and has great ideas that they are willing to share.
 
Virtual Epilepsy Empowerment Group Des Moines
Meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
Register in advance on this link.
Virtual Epilepsy Empowerment Group Cedar Rapids
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 - 7:30 PM 
Register in advance on this link.
Virtual Epilepsy Empowerment Group Iowa City
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 11 AM - 12 PM
Register in advance on this link.
 
Modalities Aphasia Support Group (MAGIC)
Wendall Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic   |   Iowa City, Iowa
See FLYER for dates and times
Aphasia Reading Club (ARC)
Wendall Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic   |   Iowa City, Iowa
See FLYER for dates and times

Des Moines Aphasia Group
Group meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
Location: Mercy Riverside, 501 SW 7th St, Suite Q, Des Moines, IA 50309
Contact: Sue Fagg, Speech Language Pathologist for Mercy Medical Center, 515-643-9818
Aphasia Group
Group meets 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month beginning  February 10th, 2020. 
Location: On With Life, 715 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023
Contact: On With Life's Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Program at 515-289-9696
See FLYER for details

 

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The development of this project was supported through the Brain Injury Services Program (BISP) of Iowa, through contract 5880BI06 with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). The contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of IDPH