Theresa D. Hernandez, associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, will be the first recipient of the Theresa Hernandez Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Community Award. The award, given by the State of Colorado Department of Human Services, honors her work helping Colorado's citizens recover from traumatic brain injury or TBI.
Along with her research aimed at improving clinical treatment following brain injury, she also worked with Rep. Todd Saliman to make possible the 2002 law that created the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Program. Since its inception, the program is estimated to have helped 4,000 people deal with the effects of TBI and to support their health care and rehabilitation.
Hernandez will be honored formally on Thursday, March 3.