Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
April 8, 2019
Outside New York State
In a state as large as New York, a steady stream of smart, innovative work is coming from NYSHealth grantees and non-grantees alike that is relevant to NYSHealth’s priority areas of Building Healthy Communities and Empowering Health Care Consumers and its focus area on Veterans’ Health. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at regional, statewide, and national conferences, meetings, and other convenings. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth sponsored low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2019, NYSHealth awarded PsychArmor Institute a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.
Under this grant, PsychArmor Institute sent one staff member to the 52nd Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology: Converging Fields, Expanding Perspectives. Because rates of suicide in the military and veteran communities are alarmingly high, this has become a priority area for PsychArmor Institute. PsychArmor Institute, along with partners, has developed materials for online courses on evidence-based suicide prevention, intervention, and post-intervention. By attending the conference, the staff member was able to share these resources and collaborate with leaders in the field to ensure they are widely disseminated. PsychArmor also learned about the most relevant and evidence-based information to apply to its course materials.