Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
September 10, 2018
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 is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2018, NYSHealth awarded the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support veterans’ health.
Under this grant, the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene sent staff members to the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 52nd Annual Convention. The convention is the premier conference for providers of evidence-based cognitive and behavioral therapies, the cornerstone of modern mental health treatment. The conference included multiple sessions about high-quality programs on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military veterans, led by leaders in the field, and was critical to the work of Research Foundation’s Columbia Veterans Research Center to provide direct service and conduct research on veterans’ mental health. The Research Foundation presented two sessions at the conference, “Current Directions in the Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for Military Service Members and Veterans with PTSD,” and “Cognitive-Behavioral Technological Interventions: A Focus on Military Populations.”