2017 Brain Injury

Support Group Activities

**See Event Calendar for specific dates**


**NEW** BIAIA Virtual Support Group Meeting
In this meeting, we welcome you to an opportunity for survivors, families and caregivers to come together to support each other, tell their stories, in a safe and private setting. We will be learning how to focus on strengths, with plenty of time for personal sharing as well. You are welcome to join by phone or by web.
Location: Register HERE
Time: Mar 30, 2017 5:30 PM
Contact: info@biaia.org or (855) 444-6443



Central Area Support Group
Last Monday of every month
Location: Urbandale Public Library - 3520 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322
Time: 5:30p-7p

Contact: Annie Randolph - arandolph@biaia.org or 515-331-8984
Iowa City "Beginning Again" Caregiver/Survivor Support Group
A monthly support group for survivors and caregivers that meets the 2nd Monday of the month

Location: Uptown Bill's Coffee Shop, 730 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa
Time: 7p-8:30p
Contact: Lynn Borders - 319-337-4709 or lynn.borders@gmail.com

Iowa City "Beginning Again" Recreational Meeting at Colonial Lanes
A monthly support group for survivors that meets the first Tuesday of the month

Location: 2252 South Old Highway 218, Iowa City
Time: 7p-8:30p
Contact: Lynn Borders - 319-337-4709 or lynn.borders@gmail.com

Cedar Rapids "Beginning Again" Survivor Support Group
Time Varies, please check with local contact
Location: Lutheran Church of Resurrection, 3500 29th Avenue, Marion, Iowa
Time: 6p-8p
Contact: Scott McDowell - scottmcdowell@thementornetwork.com

*For transportation, call Michael Chalupa 319-521-6453
(If you need to cancel or ask for transportation the day of the meeting, call NTS at (319) 981-1138)

Dubuque / Tri-State Area Support Group
A monthly support group for survivors and caregivers that meets the 2nd Thursday of the month
Location: Dubuque Mercy Hospital, 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, Iowa
Time: 7p

Contact: Joel Lightcap - (563) 583-5627, joellightcap.lmhc@yahoo.com
Mason City Area Support Group
A monthly support group for survivors and caregivers held 2nd Monday of the month

Location:  St Johns Episcopal Church, 120 First St. NE, Mason City, IA
Time: 6:30p

Contact: Jackie Vaughn - (641) 822-4890

Quad Cities Area Support Group
A monthly support group held 2nd Monday of the month
Location:  Annunciata meeting room, Genesis West - 1401 West Central Park, Davenport, IA
Time: 7:15p
Contact: Jan Barker - (563) 340-0995 kbb32874@aol.com

Marshalltown Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group
Meets the first Thursday of the month, 2-3pm
Location: HyVee Dining Room, 802 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA

Time: 2p-3p
Contact: Daryl Lorell - (641) 751-8334  dlorell.kelehan@gmail.com

Marshalltown Brain Injury Support Group
Meets on 3rd Wednesday of each month

Location: Central Iowa Health Care / Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center, Conference Room B - Basement Level, 3 South 4th Avenue, Marshalltown, IA 50158
Time: 2-3:30p
Contact: Katie Bjelland - (641) 754-8218  Katie.Bjelland@myphysio.com

Northeast Iowa Area Survivor and Family Group
Meets the 4th Tuesday
Location: Kimball Ridge Center, 2101 Kimball, Waterloo
Time: 6:30p
Contact: Steven Eilers - (319) 429-0689, stevenj.eilers@yahoo.com
Sioux City Area Support Group
Now held quarterly on Thursdays. Open to survivors and caregivers. Call for next available group.
Location: Opportunities Unlimited, 3439 Glenn Oaks Blvd, Sioux City, Iowa
Time: 6p-7p
Contact: Britney Cooper - (712) 277-8295, bcooper@opportunitiesunlimited.com
Online Facebook Support Group
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, info@biaia.org

Telephone Based Support Group
This group meets quarterly, please contact BIAIA to register and receive information on the next meeting
Contact: Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa - (855) 444-6443, info@biaia.org


2017 Epilepsy

Support Group Activities

Cedar Valley Epilepsy Support Group
Meets the 1st Thursday of every on month on the ODD months at 6:30pm
Location: Sartori Memorial Hospital, West Dining Room, 515 College Street, Cedar Falls, IA
Contact: Brienna Decker - 319-240-0619

Quad Cities Epilepsy Empowerment Group
Meets the 1st Thursday of every month (except January) at 6:30pm
Location: UnityPoint - Trinity Hospital, Education Center, 500 John Deere Road, Moline, IL
Contact: Monta Ponsetto - 309-373-0377
Council Bluffs/Omaha Support Group
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month (except December) at 7pm
Location: Creighton University Medical Center, Room 5889 A&B, 601 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68131

Contact: Mary Overton, 402 -680-8026 and Heather Overton, 402-680-3141  
Cedar Rapids Epilepsy Support Group
Meets the 2nd Wednesday every other month on the EVEN months at 6:30pm
Location: Mercy Medical Center, Katz Conference Room, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Contact: Dale Todd, 319-389-6071

Iowa City Epilepsy Support Group
Meets the 3rd Friday of every month (except December) at 6:30pm
Location: Iowa City Public Library, Room D, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City
Contact: Sloane Henry, 319-359-8682
Des Moines Epilepsy Support Group
Meets the 4th Thursday of every month (except November) at 6:00pm
Location: Mercy Medical Center, East Tower, Level A, Conf. Room 3, 1111 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA
Contact: Roxanne Cogil, 515-238-7660

2017 Stroke

Support Group Activities

Siouxland Stroke Support Network
Meets 2nd Saturday of every month from 2-4pm
Location: Mercy Medical Center, Rehab Courtyard, 801 5th Street, Sioux City, IA
Contact: Nicole Shea - 712-279-5879  sherank@mercyhealth.com
 **Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Siouxlandstrokesupportnetwork/

Iowa City Stroke Support Group
Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Location: Mercy Stroke Club, 500 E Market St., Iowa City 1st floor conference room
Contact: Mary McCarthy - 1-800-358-276

Quad Cities Stroke Support Group
Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM
Location: Genesis Plaza, 2535 Maplecrest Rd, Bettendorf, Iowa
Contact: Alicia Owens - 563-421-3460, owensa@genesishealth.com 


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:  Nick Foster - nfoster@mercycare.org

Cedar Rapids Unity Point Stroke Support Group At Home Exercise and Health Eats
Please check with local contact

Location: UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital, 6th Floor Rehab Gym
Contact: RSVP to Cathy.Wiseman@unitypoint.org or 319-369-8877
Waterloo Continued Life After Surviving Stroke Class
Meets 2nd Wednesday of every month 10:00-11:00 AM
Location: Unity Point/Allen Hospital, South Dining Room, Entrance 2, 5th Floor
Contact: Jodi Boyd, 319-235-3424 to register

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

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 for information

 2017 Other

Support Group Activities

Modalities Aphasia Support Group
Group meets Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 PM
**This group is for individuals who have had a stroke or brain injury results in communication problems. The group provides support, communication practice, and education for individuals and their families.
Location: Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center lobby, 250 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA
Contact: Jean Gordon, 319-335-8729 jean-k-gordon@uiowa.edu