Veterans’ Health Conference Scholarship
October 16, 2017
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 awarded 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 2017, NYSHealth awarded Columbia Veterans Research Center (CVRC), through the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support returning veterans and their families.
With NYSHealth funding, one CVRC staff member attended the 2017 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention. The staff member was able to network with other clinicians and researchers of evidence-based cognitive and behavioral therapies—the cornerstone of modern mental health treatment. In addition to attending sessions on high-quality programs on PTSD, the staff member also presented on a panel about CVRC’s collaborative efforts with Weill Cornell Medicine and NYU Langone Health to provide treatment to veterans and family members in the private sector, outside of VA care. The panel gave an overview of the system collaboration, the need for treatment centers for veterans in the private sector, the challenges and lessons learned in providing services in the private sector, and issues pertaining to treatment such as stigma and shame.