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The number of Americans diagnosed with concussions is growing, most significantly in adolescents. Almost 20% of U.S. adolescents reported at least 1 diagnosed concussion in their lifetime and 5% reported being diagnosed with more than 1. In this Spotlight, you will understand the importance of preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion, and how to support students who have been diagnosed with a concussion.

Diana Schroeder, D.N.P.

Diana works as the Director of Bullying Prevention Initiatives for The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Center addresses public health issues facing youth and families in Western and Central Pennsylvania. She is a summa cum laude graduate from Franciscan School of Nursing, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She currently holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, honor society for nursing. She is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and is the program coordinator for the BSN nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer since 2001 and is working with school districts around the state to implement HALT! a bullying prevention program through a partnership with the Highmark Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the state’s advisory committees for bullying prevention and safe schools. She is co-editor of “A Public Health Approach To Bullying Prevention”, 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on bullying prevention and clinical and academic nursing processes.

Tom Causer

Mr. Causer began his career in the medical field early, as a paramedic. After gaining his degree in Respiratory Therapy from University of Pittsburgh, he earned his Bachelors in Nursing. His focus for the majority of the past thirty years has been critical care and trauma, having played major roles in securing critical care transport and developing a community-based Level 1 Trauma Center at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. He is currently Injury Prevention and Education Coordinator at Memorial Medical Center and has been researching and evaluating youth sports injury prevention locally since 2009. Tom and his wife Dottie have two children, Kayla 21 and Mitchell 18.

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