Origami’s Natasha Huffine Selected for National TBI Rehabilitation Guidelines Project
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
For Immediate Release
November 26, 2014
Contact: Karenia Randle
Origami’s Natasha Huffine Selected for National Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Guidelines Project
Lansing- As a part of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) mission to advance brain injury research, fifty of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians were selected to investigate and develop Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center’s occupational therapist, Natasha Huffine, is one of fifty professionals selected nationwide.
In an effort to provide appropriate treatment for individuals with brain injuries, the BIAA announced in July that it has awarded a three-year investigation grant to the Brain Injury Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The group was chosen to review and assess evidence in functional, medical, cognitive, behavioral and social domains. “These guidelines will be available at the national level to outline and support which treatments are effective and necessary to treat the whole person. I am eager to see the medical management, rehabilitation, and education improvements that will be a result of this ground breaking project” Huffine stated.
Huffine specializes in cognitive perceptual motor retraining, vision therapy and driver’s rehabilitation. She holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Grand Valley State University. Huffine is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and has over eight years of experience working with people who have sustained a brain injury in acute, residential, community and outpatient settings. She has been employed with Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center for over six years. In addition, Huffine is a CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) surveyor for medical rehabilitation programs with a brain injury specialty. Huffine said, “I feel privileged and excited to be chosen as a panelist for this life changing project. Developing guidelines for the treatment of people who have sustained brain injuries is the first step in improving the quality of life and independence for those injured.”
BIAA and Mount Sinai are addressing this problem head-on. During the next three years, panelists will:
1. Identify and fully describe the continuum of care available following TBI;
2. Determine the evidence for various rehabilitative treatments and, based on that evidence and/or expert opinion, make recommendations for treatment and management in various settings;
3. Produce a document that supports improvements in the quality and consistency of rehabilitation treatment; and
4. Broadly disseminate the recommendations to payer, provider, patient and advocacy communities in an effort to increase access to care.
The goal of the project is to learn how much rehabilitation adults with moderate to severe TBI should receive, in what setting, and at what time. BIAA and Mount Sinai have pledged to keep the brain injury community fully informed and invite input and feedback at certain key points along the way. Visit www.biausa.org/TBIGuidelines for more information on this project.
Origami is a nonprofit organization located on a 35 acre wooded campus in Mason, just outside of Lansing. The facility offers a continuum of care for adults who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, from residential to community based and outpatient programs with the resources available to return people to productive and active lives.
Origami operates in partnership with the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Peckham, Inc. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine provides Origami with expertise in clinical management and on-site physician coverage. Peckham, Inc. is an award winning nonprofit organization that provides job training and competitive employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. With the support of these partners, Origami is able to generate excellent clinical outcomes with cost effective management and remains on the cutting edge of brain injury rehabilitation.
To learn more about the services available at Origami please call (517) 455-0278. Additional information about Origami can be found online at www.origamirehab.org.