The Alabama Statewide AHEC Program (ASAP) is committed to reducing health disparities by improving the quantity, diversity, distribution and quality of Alabama's healthcare workforce. These videos are part of a larger conference conducted by the ASAP on February 8, 2013 entitled: Painting a Moving Train: Working with Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families. This National AHEC Organization initiative is designed to prepare health professionals to care for the unique needs of returning veterans and their families.
Harold Kudler, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; Associate Clinical Professor, Duke University; Clinical Co-Director, VA Post Deployment Mental Health Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Durham, North Carolina.
Bob Goodale, M.B.A., Director, Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP), a congressionally authorized program administered at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Charity A Buerhaus, Education Representative, National Guard & Reserve Program Humana Military
Noah Galloway, Sergeant, U.S. Army, Retired
Mary Lee, RN, 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserves
Brandon L. Bailey, RN, MSN, CEN, CFRN, Major, USAF
Service members representing every county within the state of Alabama have been deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Once their deployments are over, it is widely known that the adjustment to non-combat life will present a significant challenge to many and, while a variety of health and mental health services are available through the Veterans Administration, most veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are being seen by community providers who are not well versed in the military or the unique challenges of these returning service members. This program provides an overview of military life and culture, the combat experience and the wide spectrum of psychosocial issues faced by returning service personnel.
A new report released by the National Council for Behavioral Health in November 2012 estimates that of the 2.4 million active duty and reserves that were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, almost 30 percent will have a mental health condition. More than 18 percent will suffer from PTSD, major depression or a combination of both disorders. Yet less than half of returning veterans needing mental health services receive any treatment and even fewer are receiving evidence-based care.
At the end of this program, participants should be able to:
- Apply military cultural competency to the care of veterans/service members and their families.
- Identify veterans/service members and their families in the population served/cared for.
- Discuss mental/behavioral health issues of veterans/service members and their families.
- Discuss signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Discuss signs and symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
- Enroll in the War Within database, if a primary care and/or behavioral health professional.
- Accept TRICARE, if a primary care and/or behavioral health professional.
For information on these conference proceedings or further information on the Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center program, please contact: Art Clawson, EdS, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-975-3024.