5th Annual Veterans Community Mental Health Summit

5th Annual Veterans Community Mental Health Summit

The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center hosted the 5th Annual Veterans Community Mental Health Summit on August 25, 2017 at Hotel Capstone Conference Center. The purpose for the Mental Health Summit was to bring together key stakeholders in the community with the goal of enhancing access to mental health services and addressing the mental health care needs of veterans and their family members residing in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas.
Several presentations were taped live and the recordings are available for viewing below:
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Suicide Prevention – Getting to Zero
Presenter: Richard Beatty, LCSW
Summary: Suicide continues to be a significant public health concern as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.  Veterans are at increased risk of suicide compared to the general population.  Approximately 20 Veterans die by suicide every day.  Local VA medical centers regularly provide a wide variety of outreach activities, including presentations and trainings, display tables, and promotional items to ensure Veterans and community members are aware of the various services available within the VA, and in the community. 40 mins.

The Department of Alabama Veterans Retreat
Presenter: Rocky Carmona, U.S. Army Afghan Veteran, The American Legion Department of Alabama, Department of Alabama Veterans' Retreat (1 hour)

Alabama Veteran Experience
Presenter: Paula Stokes, CTRS, Med, JD
Summary: This presentation will provide an overview of the Veteran Experience program. Attendees will learn why the program was implemented and its importance to Veterans, provide three ways that the programs support Veterans as a collective community and describe how community resources can be used to provide support to our Veterans and their families. 20 mins

Women’s Health Care in the VA
Presenter: Kanini Rodney, MPH, MBA, MD
Summary: The Face of the VA is changing.  Fifty years ago only 2.3% of Veterans were women, today approximately 15% of today active duty service personnel are women and women represent 18% of the Guard and/or Reserves. This presentation will discuss how the VA culture has shifted to meet the unique needs of women Veterans and the range of services available to them at the VA medical center. 46 mins

Recognizing Impending Mental Health
Presenter: Monika Wedgeworth, EdD, RN, CNE
Summary: Do you have a family member, friend or co-worker who is Veteran that you suspect may be experiencing some mental health challenges? This presentation provides learners with basic tips on how to recognize the early signs and symptoms of impaired mental health that can be very helpful. Healthcare providers will learn early intervention techniques to prevent mental health crisis and how to develop a plan for the occurrence of a mental health crisis and resources for crisis management. 40 mins

Health Care for Homeless Veterans
Presenters: Christine Rice, LICSW, PIP, Will Adams, LICSW, Tiffany Pope
Summary: Presenters who provide an overview of services available through the Health Care for Homeless Veterans program. The program’s goal is to reduce homelessness among Veterans by conducting outreach to those who are the most vulnerable and not currently receiving services and engaging them in treatment and rehabilitative programs. 30 mins

A special thank you to all of our VMH Summit sponsors and partnering organizations: Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama Public Health Association, AL-MS Public Health Training Center, Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa Mental Alliance and the West Central Alabama Area Health Education Center (AHEC). 

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