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Brain Trauma Awareness Organization

The Brain Trauma Awareness Organization(BTAO)  began as the Quincy Area Brain Injury Support Group in 1982. In 2013 the group expanded their mission and became a ThinkFirst chapter. Currently, a board of directors coordinates the organization’s activities which include providing advocacy and support to those who have had injuries.

Community Awareness(BTAO)

The group provides speakers, evidence based prevention programs and other seminars regarding brain trauma and spinal cord injury.

Topics include:

  • Prevention Strategies
  • Signs & Symptom of Brain Trauma and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Share success Stories
  • Post Injury Guidance

BTAO acts as advocates by connecting to community and social services. As well as providing information to help re-entry back into school and work.

ThinkFirst Staff


Dr. Margie Williams PhD, RN - President
PhD in nursing, experienced rehabilitation nurse and community health nurse dealing with all types of disabilities. Specialty – Living with Brain Injury. Facilitated support group for family caregivers and persons with all types of brain injury for over 25 years.
Nursing Professor at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing

Karen Campbell RN BSN -Secretary

Karen has been a past Director of Rehabilitation Services at Blessing Hospital. She has facilitated the support group for over 25 years.


  • Puppet Shows featuring Tommy the Turtle
  • ThinkFirst For Kids
  • ThinkFirst For Teens
  • Health Fairs and Exhibits
  • High school and college classroom presentations
  • School assemblies

QUINCY VIP Speakers  

  • Jonathan Williams
  • Darren Jones
  • John Rouse

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