Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Other: Brain-focused classes at a psychiatric facility for adults with severe psychiatric illnesses
- Other: Schizophrenia researcher as a guest lecturer for staff
- Other: two brain-focused trips for clients to the Koshland Science Museum and the National Museum of Health and Medicine
- Patients & Caregivers
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
Activities - All classes for clients at the psychiatric facility day program featured brain specific content - There was a display table in the lobby with brain posters and BAW information as well as literature and things sent by the Dana Foundation - A Schizophrenia researcher came to speak to day program staff - Two brain-focused trips took clients to the Koshland Science Museum and the National Museum of Health and Medicine where tour guides explain brain-specific exhibits to clients Objective To further expose and educate both clients and staff to the importance of understanding the brain and how far brain research has come and where it is soon going.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:
- It’s Mindboggling!
- BAW Stickers
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Downloads
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Fact Sheets
- New Puzzles/Games
- New Coloring Sheets
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Poster
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Some clients who previously were unengaged with others became interested in the brain and wanted to talk and ask questions about the brain. Many clients said they appreciated learning more about the brain and more about their psychiatric illness. Staff became more aware of the biological basis of the illnesses of the clients they serve.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
It would be great to have YouTube videos of brain-related scientists and health care professions explaining how the brain is implicated in their work.
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