Brain Smart™

Brain Smart™ is a Natividad trauma prevention program. The program is a platform to educate the Monterey County community about head trauma, including sports-related concussions, senior fall prevention and other brain injury risks. Natividad’s physicians and nurses have teamed up with local organizations to hold educational workshops throughout the community to help bring awareness to the risks of head trauma. As the only local Level II Trauma Center, Natividad is well positioned to address the need for information concerning traumatic brain injuries. Keep an eye out for Brain Smart in your community and contact us if you’d like to host a workshop at your organization.

Learn more about Brain Smart >

Download Concussion Awareness Fact Sheet >
Download Warning Signs of Concussion >

Download Bike Safety Fact Sheet >

Fall Prevention
Download Fall Prevention Fact Sheet >
Download The Path to Better Balance >

For more information, contact:
Lorraine Artinger, RN, Trauma Prevention and Outreach Nurse

Brain Smart Events

Concussion Education
Natividad staff partners with high school athletic departments throughout Monterey County to provide educational workshops for coaches, parents and players on the inherent dangers of concussions, their often-subtle symptoms and the process for returning to play.

Matter of Balance
Matter of Balance is a free, 8-week workshop to learn how to manage your concerns about falling.

June 4 to July 23: Every Monday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Natividad Room, 1st Floor (behind the Gift Shop). Participants must be able to attend all workshops.

8-Week Workshop Schedule:

  • June 4
  • June 11
  • June 18
  • June 25
  • July 2
  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23

Is This Workshop for You?
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. Matter Of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone concerned about falls
  • Has fallen or is at risk for falls
  • Anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength
  • Does not have dementia
  • Can walk independently (may use cane)

You Will Learn to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes at home to reduce fall risks
  • Exercise to increase muscle strength and balance

Registration required. Workshops are free. Please call Lorraine Artinger, RN, Trauma Prevention and Outreach Nurse at (831) 772-7357.

Learn more about Brain Smart >