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State-of-the-States 2018


29th Annual State of the States in Head Injury Meeting
Sponsored by the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown
101 E. Locust St. Des Moines, IA 50309
September 24 – 27, 2018

Des Moines, Iowa

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NASHIA’s State of the States in Head Injury Meeting, first held in 1990, has the distinction of being the only annual national conference designed to foster communication and professional development among State government brain injury program administrators. Each year, approximately 100 key State and federal government employees, consumers, Brain Injury Association of America chartered State affiliates, U.S. Brain Injury Alliance State associations, and other professionals responsible for administering an array of brain injury prevention, rehabilitation, community integration programs and services, assemble for this conference. The State of the States program offers plenary and workshop sessions on a variety of topics covering emerging federal and State issues and promising practices on service delivery, as well as opportunities for information sharing among participants.

For further information you may contact either Maggie Ferguson ( or Monica Lichi (, who are co-chairs of the State of the States Planning Committee.

Pre-Conference Workshop: A Pre-conference session will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018. Further information will be forthcoming on the topics and speakers. Individuals who wish to attend both the pre-conference and full conference, beginning on September 25th, will need to register and pay for both accordingly. The Pre-conference theme is “Connecting the Dots: Behavior and Brain Injury.”

Conference: The conference will be held September 25-27, 2018, and will feature a variety of topics presented by national, federal, state and other professionals who are experts and leaders in brain injury service delivery. The conference will feature plenary and workshop sessions and will include opportunities for networking among peers.

Who Should Attend? The meeting is open to all who are involved in the field of brain injury, including public and private program administrators and providers; advocates; individuals with brain injury; families; professionals; and anyone interested in overall service delivery for individuals with brain injury including planning; prevention; rehabilitation, community and support services.

Exhibitors/Sponsors: There are several opportunities for organizations and agencies to sponsor a conference function, as well as to exhibit information during the conference. Sponsors may place an ad in the conference program, sponsor a meal or break and/ or insert an item in an attendee packet. Sponsorship includes a variety of perks including, complimentary meeting registration; event signage; and verbal recognition at the event. Agencies and organizations are invited to display their products and services. Exhibitors will receive a complimentary meeting registration and information about the organization in the final printed program.


Register here to be a sponsor and/or exhibitor. (You can also download the Sponsor Brochure)

Register here for pre-conference and conference.

Conference Registration Fees:

NASHIA Members:
Pre-Conference:  $250
Full Conference:  $450
One Day Only:    $225
Late fee: $50 assessed after August 31, 2018

Pre-Conference:  $275
Full Conference:  $675
One Day Only:     $250
Late fee: $50 assessed after  August 31, 2018

Pre-Conference:  $250
Full Conference:  $125
One Day Only:    $125
Late fee: $50 assessed after  August 31, 2018






Hotel Accommodations: The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown, 101 E. Locust St., Des Moines, IA. This all-suite downtown Des Moines hotel is the closest hotel to the Iowa State Capitol campus. It is situated among the trendy eateries and shopping of the Historic East Village and the nightlife of the Court Avenue Entertainment District. The hotel offers Wi-Fi throughout the all-suite hotel; spacious two-room suites with refrigerators and microwaves; and complimentary shuttle to Des Moines Airport and the local downtown area. In addition, the hotel features a complimentary breakfast buffet and evening manger's social (snacks and cocktails) for guests

Hotel Reservations: A room block is available for the conference under the name of NASHIA, booking code HIA. The conference rate is $159 plus tax per night. You can begin booking now by one of 3 ways: call 1-800-EMBASSY; by book online at or by click on the hotel reservation website created for the NASHIA conference: The hotel cutoff date is Friday, August 31, 2018. After this date, rooms will be released from our block and available at then current hotel rates.

Airport: The Des Moines International Airport (DSM) serves as the gateway to Des Moines and the Central Iowa. It is located three miles southwest of Des Moines. Major airlines which fly into the airport include Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United.



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