National Meeting on Active Duty and Vet Womens Health Part 6 Social Support


>>BEFORE WE START THE LAST
PANEL I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR STAYING THROUGH THE
AFTERNOON SESSION, PLEASE DON’T LEAVE IF YOU CAN.
WE HAVE A REALLY GREAT SESSION TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL SUPPORT AND
HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR BOTH ACTIVE DUTY AND VETERAN WOMEN
THAT WILL BE MODERATED BY ADRIENNE.
THE LAST PRESENTATION ON THIS PANEL WILL BE A DEMONSTRATION
FROM HERO DOGS WHICH I KNOW YOU LOVE IF YOU LOVE DOGS LIKE ME.
THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF HEALTH.
SO IF YOU CAN STAY, IT WOULD BE GREAT.
WE’LL GET READY FOR THE LAST PANEL.>>THANK YOU, CANDICE.
MY NAME IS ADRIENNE SMITH. I AM THE DIRECTOR OF THE
DIVISION OF POLICY AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT WITHIN
THE OFFICE ON WOMEN’S HEALTH. I’LL BE THE MODERATOR FOR THE
LAST PANEL SESSION. TODAY WE’LL HAVE ADDITIONAL
SPEAKER AFTER THIS WHO WILL CLOSE US OUT WHICH IS OUR
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH. I WILL INTRODUCE OUR PANELISTS
TODAY. WE HAVE THREE GREAT SPEAKERS
WHOSE WILL GIVE US MORE GUIDANCE AND IN INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR
ORGANIZATIONS RELATED TO SOCIAL SUPPORT FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY
WOMEN AND THOSE WHO ARE ALSO VETERANS. FIRST WE HAVE DR. KATE THOMAS,
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
DR. THOMAS IS A PROFESSOR, RESEARCHER, AND PROVEN THOUGHT
LEADER IN THE FIELD OF MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION, FOR MILITARY
PERSONNEL. HER INTEREST IN VETERANS HEALTH
IS INFORMED BY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE SHE IS A FORMER
MILITARY OFFICER FROM THE MARINE CORPS, MILITARY POLICE OFFICER
ASSOCIATION WITH EXPERIENCE LEADING TEAMS AND LAW
ENFORCEMENT TRAINING AND COMBAT COMMAND.
WE HAVE AGAIN, SHURHONDA LOVE. WHO IS THE ASSISTANT NATIONAL
LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR FOR DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS.
SHE IS A SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED VETERAN WHO WAS
APPOINTED AS ASSISTANT NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE
NEARLY 1.3 MILLION MEMBER ASSOCIATION.
AND ON AUGUST 12, 2015, FROM THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
ASSOCIATION, SHE WHICH IS LOCATED IN WASHINGTON D.C. SHE
WORKS TO SUPPORT AND ENHANCE FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE GOALS AND
POLICIES TO ASSIST VETERANS AND FAMILIES AND GUARD CURRENT
BENEFITS AND SERVICES FOR VETERANS FROM LEGISLATIVE
EROSION. FINALLY WE HAVE BAR RA RAMUNDO,
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HERO DOGS INCORPORATED.
MS. RAMUNDO IS A DOG LOVER AND IS WORKED TO ENHANCE THE WORK OF
THE ORGANIZATION TO FOCUS ON THEIR UNIQUENESS, THE INCREDIBLE
SKILLS AND ABILITIES THAT SHE HAS WHICH LED HER TO SEEK HERO
DOGS. BARBARA’S ROLE AT HERO DOGS IS
TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND DIRECTION AS FAR AS PUBLICITY,
MARKETING, COMMUNITY AND VETERAN OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT.
WELCOME TO OUR PANELISTS AS THEY DISCUSS THEIR WORK AN ROLES IN
SOCIAL SUPPORT IN THEIR ORGANIZATIONS. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, ADRIENNE.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR STILL BEING HERE AFTER 4 P.M., IT’S
WONDERFUL TO GET TO TALK TO EVERYONE.
I WANT TO START TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL SUPPORT IN A WOMAN
VETERANS REINTEGRATION PROCESS. TELLING YOU THE STORY OF THE
SPACE BETWEEN THESE TWO PICTURES.
SHE LOOKS STABLE IN BOTH OF THOSE, BUT THERE WERE SOME LOST
YEARS IN BETWEEN LEAVING ACTIVE DUTY AND FINDING MY WAY IN
CIVILIAN WORLD. AND CANDIDLY FUNNY TO HEAR US
TALK AS PUBLIC RESEARCHER I USE EUPHEMISMS LIKE RISK TAKING
BEHAVIOR, WHEN I WAS LIVING THE EXPERIENCE, IT WASN’T
NECESSARILY AS CLEAN AND PRETTY. LEAVING THE SERVICE I THOUGHT I
ONLY ADAPTABLE, I MOVED A MILLION TIMES, I’M A FRIENDLY
PERSON, I LIKE TO TALK TO PEOPLE.
I I’M GOING TO HAVE NO PROBLEM BECOMING A NORMAL GIRL AGAIN.
AND I WAS ABSOLUTELY WRONG. I HAD NO IDEA THAT I NEEDED TO
MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO SEEK OUT SOCIAL SUPPORT.
I HAD NO IDEA THAT THERE WOULD BE THESE CULTURAL BARRIERS THAT
I DIDN’T EXPECT BETWEEN ME AND EVEN OLD DEAR CIVILIAN FRIENDS,
I DIDN’T SEE IT COMING AND I DIDN’T KNOW RISK TAKING BEHAVIORS FOR WHAT THEY WERE
WHEN I WAS EMBRACING THEM. SO TODAY WHAT I’M REALLY
PASSIONATE ABOUT AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH EVERYONE
ABOUT, IF I CAN TWO THE RIGHT DIRECTION IF I CAN GO THE
RIGHT DIRECTION. FORGIVE ME.
WHAT WE CAN DO IN TERMS OF SOLUTION SETS TO PREVENT WOMEN
LEADING THE SERVICE FROM GOING THROUGH THAT LIMITED SPACE
BETWEEN TWO PHOTOGRAPHS IN SUCH A ROCKY FASHION.
I WILL HIGHLIGHT COUPLE OF PIECES OF RESEARCH RELATING TO
SOCIAL SUPPORT, YOU CAN READ FULL ARTICLES IN THE JOURNALS, I
LISTED ABOVE. WE’LL CLOSE OUR CONVERSATION BY
TALKING SOLUTION SETS. AND THAT IS THE CASE FOR MENTAL
FITTEDNESS TRAINING AND RESILIENCE SKILLS TRAINING.
WE WILL DISCUSS THAT A LITTLE BIT WITH ONE ANOTHER.
SO THE FIRST STUDY TO SHARE WITH YOU IS A LARGE SECONDARY
ANALYSIS USING THE CDC BEHAVIORAL RISK FACTOR
SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM. AND OF VETERAN RESPONDENTS OVER
4,000 WERE WOMEN. MY TEAM FROM UNIVERSITY OF
ALABAMA IS INTERESTED IN RATES OF DEPRESSION IN THIS
POPULATION, AS WE FOUND AND EXPECTED, ABOUT 25% HAD A
DIAGNOSED CONDITION. BUT IN A ADDITION AN
ADDITIONAL 12% INDICATED SYMPTOMS OR REPORTED SYMPTOMS
THAT INDICATED THE LIKELIHOOD OF UNDIAGNOSED CONDITION WHICH IS
VERY INTERESTING. WE LOOKED AT CORRELATION BETWEEN
REPORTED LEVELS OF SOCIAL SUPPORT AND DATA GOT A LITTLE
MORE INTERESTING. WE FOUND WOMEN WITH DEPRESSION,
SERVICE WOMEN, WOMEN VET REASONS WITH DEPRESSION WERE 1.6 TIMES
MORE LIKELY TO HAVE DEPRESSION IF THEY ALSO REPORTED A LOW
LEVEL OF SOCIAL SUPPORT. IT WAS 1.3 TIMES FOR POP LIGHTS
WITH UNDIAGNOSED DEPRESSION. THIS PEAKED MY INTEREST IN THE
NOTION OF UNIT COHESION AND EXPERIENCES ON ACTIVE DUTY AND
SOCIAL SUPPORT WHEN WE BECOME VETERANS.
IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO MENTAL WELL BEING AND FUNCTIONING.
REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE INDICATES THE SAME THING.
WE HAVE THESE MINORITY STRESS ISSUES SERVICE WOMEN FACE, AM I
REALLY PART OF THE TEAM, AM I DEALING WITH HARASSMENT AND
POTENTIALLY TRAUMA IN THE WORKPLACE.
THAT LEAVE AS MARK HOW COHESIVE AND HOW MUCH BELONGING WE FEEL
WHILE IN THE MILITARY. ALL THAT IMPACTS ARE TRANSITION
AS VETERAN. I WAS HONORED TO PARTNER WITH
THE SERVICE WOMEN ACTION NETWORK WITH A COUPLE OF STUDIES IN 2016
AND 17 TO EXPLORE CORRELATION A LITTLE BIT FURTHER.
THE FULL REPORT CAN BE READ AT SERVICEWOMEN.ORG, YOU CAN READ
THE PUBS IN TRAUMATOLOGY AND JOURNAL OF VETERAN STUDIES BUT I
WANT TO SHARE RELEVANT PIECES OF RESEARCH WITH YOU THAT SWAN HAS
BEEN AND IS CONDUCTING. SO WE DID A COUPLE OF NEEDS
ASSESSMENTS, ONE IN 2016, ONE IN 2017.
WE HAD A NICE BREAKDOWN AMONG SERVICE BRANCHES, AND WHAT WE
FOUND IN 2016 WHEN WE ASKED WOMEN VETERANS AN SERVICE WOMEN
WHAT ARE BIGGEST ISSUES YOU FACE.
FOR ACTIVE DUTY WOMEN, THE WOMEN IN BLUE, THEY REPORTED ASSAULT
AND HARASSMENT BEING ISSUES, GENDER RECOGNITION SUPPORT AND
RECOGNITION AS PROFESSIONAL. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PERIOD
AFTER THE SPACE, THE WOMEN VETERANS WHO TRANSITIONED, THEY
REPORTED THAT THEIR BIGGEST ISSUE BY AND LARGE WAS MENTAL
HEALTH. SO WELL BEING, AND THE THIRD
MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE WAS FINDING COMMUNITY AND THOSE TWO ARE
DIRECTLY RELATED. WE EXPLORED FURTHER ASKING THEM
THE COMMON ANSWER IS WHEN YOU’RE A VETERAN THE WAY YOU FIND
SOCIAL SUPPORT IS JOINING A SERVICE ORGANIZATION.
JUST JOIN A CLUB AND EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE.
WE ASKED WOMEN VETERANS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP AND MANY SAID VSOs
AND MSOs ARE NOT RELEVANT TO MY NEEDS, I DON’T FEEL WELCOME.
I WALKED IN AND THEY ASKED ME IF I WAS THERE TO PICK UP MY
HUSBAND. 471.5% OF RESPONDENTS ARE NOT A
MEMBER OF SERVICE ORGANIZATION SO WE IDENTIFIED IN THIS 2016
STUDY A MAJOR BARRIER TO SOCIAL SUPPORT CULTIVATION MORE
AVAILABLE TO THE MALE VETERANS LEAVING THE SERVICE.
IT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE IN 2017 WE ASKED HAS SERVING IMPACTED
YOUR WELL BEING 50% SAID YES IT HAS AND FOR THE WORSE.
SO THERE’S MAJOR NEED FOR SOCIAL SUPPORT CULTIVATION AND THE
NON-PROFIT SECTOR IS A PLACE THAT CAN BE DOING THIS WORK.
WOMEN REPORTED IT WAS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO THEM WHEN TAKING
CARE OF EXISTING MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS TO TALK WITH SPOUSES
OR FRIENDS. IDENTIFYING SOCIAL SUPPORT AS
COMMON THEME. THEY IDENTIFIED WHEN THEY ARE
TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR HEALTH, THERE WERE THINGS THEY
USED BUT A THIRD SAID SUPPORT WAS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO THEM
AND PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING AS THEY WORKED TO TAKE
CARE OF THEIR OWN WELL BEING. SO WHAT IS THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR
DOING?>>I THOUGHT YOU NEEDED A TV
BREAK. (OFF MIC) (OFF MIC)>>I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY
TIMES I NOW WORK IN THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR.
I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE HEARD FROM ORGANIZATIONS
THAT THEY JUST CAN’T GET WOMEN VETERANS TO COME TO THEIR
EVENTS. THE ANSWER TO THAT IS OFTEN HOW
ARE YOU FRAMING YOUR EVENTS. I WOULD LICK TO SHARE WITH YOU
ONE FLYER, WE DID THIS ON CAMPUS IN SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY NOTICE
THE LITTLE GOLD BUTTON, THAT SAYS CHILD CARE PROVIDED.
MOST OF THE WOMEN ATTENDING THIS SINGLE SEX WELLNESS ACTIVITY
THAT WAS MEANT TO BRING A COHORT OF PEOPLE TOGETHER TO TALK
STRESS MANAGEMENT AND QUITE FRANKLY EXCHANGE CELL PHONE
NUMBERS AND MAKE SOME FRIENDS, MOST WERE THERE AND THEY SAID
THEY WERE ONLY THERE BECAUSE CHILD CARE WAS PROVIDED.
WOMEN VETERANS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE THE PRIMARY CAREGIVERS OF
DEPENDENT CHILDREN SO NON-PROFITS IF WE’RE HAVING
EVENTS WITH NO CHILD CARE THERE’S AN ENTIRE DEMOGRAPHIC
THAT CANNOT ATTEND AND WILL NOT BE THERE.
THAT’S BEFORE WE TALK CULTURE ISSUES LIKE BEING ASKED IF
YOU’RE THERE TO PICK UP YOUR HUSBAND.
THERE’S GREAT ORGANIZATIONS OUT THERE DOING WORK IN THE MIXED
SEX ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS IMPORTANT.
AT END OF THE DAY WE WANT TO BUILD COMMUNITY WITH CIVILIAN
MEMBERS, MALE VETERANS OTHER WOMEN VETERANS IS IMPORTANT BUT
WE TALKED ABOUT DAY ABOUT HIGH RATES OF STRESS INJURY AND
TRAUMA AMONG THIS POPULATION. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT
THE WORK OF BRINGING WOMEN VETERANS TOGETHER AT TIMES IN
THE SINGLE SEX ENVIRONMENT. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE WORK THE
MISSION CONTINUES IN THAT VEIN WOMEN VETERANS LEADERSHIP
PROGRAM THAT TIED HER MISSION. WHAT IT DOES IS BRING WOMEN
VETERANS TOGETHER IN 50 AND THEY COHORT OF 50 AND GET INVOLVED
IN A THREE DAY WEEKEND AND IN A LONGER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AND
FROM THERE, THERE’S A BRIDGE TO PARTICIPATION IN THE LARGER
ORGANIZATION. HOPEFULLY THE CONNECTIVITY TO
LARGER ORGANIZATION AND THE LARGER COMMUNITY.
BUT STARTING WITH THE SINGLE SEX ENVIRONMENT CAN BE REALLY
IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE WITH A TRAUMA HISTORY.
THERE WERE AT THE LAST WOMAN VETERANS LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM IN
D.C., THERE WERE MANY WHO SAID I HAVE NEVER COME TO A VETERANS
EVENT BEFORE BUT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A WOMAN’S VETERAN EVENT SO
THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA. I HAVE SEEN NON-PROFITS TIDES
EVENTS AND TELL ME I CAN’T GET WOMEN VETERANS TO COME MY EVENT
AND I SAY YOU HAVEN’T HAD A WOMAN VETERANS EVENT, YOU HAD A
SPA DAY FOR DEPENDENT SPOUSES AND WOMEN VETERANS, GROUPING
THEM TOGETHER AS THOUGH THEY WERE THE SAME SUBPOPULATION.
IF WE’RE NOT FRAMING THE INVITATION CORRECTLY, NOT
PROVIDING THE SUPPORT NETWORKS LIKE CHILD CARE, LIKE POTENTIAL
SINGLE SEX ENVIRONMENT TO START WITH, IF WEE NOT DOING THAT WE
ARE NOT DRAWING WOMEN VETERANS IN.
WOMEN VETERANS ARE INVISIBLE VETERANS.
IT IS VERY EASY FOR THEM TO NOT SELF-IDENTIFY TO ONE ANOTHER AND
TO THE LARGER VETERAN COMMUNITY SO IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO
THINK ABOUT THIS. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TRAINING
PEOPLE TO BE RESILIENT BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE ACTIVE DUTY
COMPONENT, THAT’S THE FUTURE OF THE RESEARCH.
I THINK WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT MENTAL FITNESS AS A
READINESS ISSUE. WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT
SOCIAL SUPPORT CULTIVATION BEFORE SERVICE MEMBERS WALK OUT
THE DOOR. AND THERE’S TREMENDOUS
INITIATIVES HIGHLIGHTED TODAY, TOP PROGRAM THAT THE AIR FORCE
AND VA AND DELOITTE ARE DOING THAT.
I HAVE BEEN HAD OCCASION TO GO TO TRAININGS, TREMENDOUS WORK IS
HAPPENING, IT’S GOING TO TAKE CROSS COLLABORATION AND
PARTNERSHIP WITH MULTIPLE AGENCIES AND IS GOING TO TAKE A
WILLINGNESS TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF WOMEN VETERANS AN
THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT HOW THEIR NEEDS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME AND
SOMETIMES DIFFERENT, THAN MALE COUNTERPARTS BUT AT THE END OF
THE DAY BUILDING A TRIBE AND FINDING A TRIBE IS VITAL TO THE
WELL BEING OF THIS POPULATION. NOTHING KILLS US FASTER THAN
LONELINESS. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>THERE’S OOH
THERE’S A LINK TO IT.>>SO THANK YOU FOR BEING SO
PATIENT. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.
THERE IS A SLIDE A THING EMBEDDED INSIDE THIS AND I DON’T
KNOW HOW TO ACCESS IT.>>WHILE WAITING I’LL JUST SAY
AGAIN THANK YOU TO EVERYONE HERE, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE
STILL ONLINE AND THOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED QUESTIONS.
WE HAVE COLLECTED A FEW OF THEM AND WE WILL DEFINITELY BE
RESPONDING TO YOU AFTER THE MEETING.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND INTEREST IN THE MEETING
TODAY. I THINK IT SHOULD BE FINE.>>WHILE WE’RE WAITING DOES
ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS THUS FAR FOR KATE THAT WE CAN ANSWER?
KATE’S PRESENTATION IS GREAT. THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS.
I THINK WE MIGHT BE READY, MAYBE NOT.
SO THEN MAYBE WHAT WE CAN DO IS GO TO THE NEXT PRESENTATION AND
THEN WE WILL CIRCLE BACK WITH SHURHONDA’S WHEEL THEY’RE
WORKING ON THE VIDEO.>>GOOD AFTERNOON.
I’M BARBARA AND I’M HERE TODAY WITH HERO DOGS INC., HE IS A
SERVICE DOG IN TRAINING AND HE’S NAMED AFTER MAJOR WARNER, ZEKE
ZEIMAN, OUR SERVICE DOGS ARE NAMED AFTER MILITARY HEROES OR
ICONIC SYMBOLS LIKE RADAR O’REILLY OR OLD GLORY, I HOPE TO
HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW YOU SOME OF ZEKE’S SKILLS AND WHAT
WE CAN DO FOR VETERANS, PARTICULARLY WOMEN VETERANS.
I DO HAVE THE NEXT SLIDE, AS AN OPENING VIDEO.>>WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK
MILITARY VETERANS (OFF MIC)
PHYSICAL OR MENTAL CHALLENGES, SUPPORT FROM THERAPY DOGS. (OFF MIC)
THE NON-PROFIT GROUP HERO DOGS HAS HELP MORE THAN A DOZEN
VETERANS FIND HELP THEY NEED. CHIP, GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING, (INAUDIBLE) MY
VERSION OF PARADISE, ALL THESE DOGS ARE TRAINING TO BE
(INAUDIBLE) TRAINERS GETTING THESE DOGS READY TO CHANGE THE
LIVES OF VETERANS WITH DISABILITY.>>AT 11 WEEKS OLD THEY ARE HARD
AT WORK. THESE PUPPIES ONLY HAVE A ONE IN
THREE CHANCE OF BECOMING OFFICIAL HIGH ROW DOGS.
HERO DOGS. (INAUDIBLE) STARTED THE
ORGANIZATION SIX YEARS AGO.>>I’M LOOKING FOR A PUPPY
OUTGOING EAGER INTERACTIVE, NOT BOTHERED BY MUCH, I CAN USUALLY
RULE OUT PUPPIES WHO WOULDN’T BE GOOD CANED DATES BUT I
(INAUDIBLE) WHICH ONES ARE.>>ON AVERAGE TRAINING TAKES
THREE YEARS. IS NOW ADVANCE TRAINING. (OFF MIC)>>TRAINING IS ALMOST COMPLETE
HE NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO HELP WITH MOBILITY AND IF FUTURE
PARTNER SUFFERSS FROM POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER HOW TO
REACT. (INAUDIBLE) BUT OVER TIME AS THE
TEAM THE DOG ON ITS OWN WILL START TO RECOGNIZE TRINITY
NELSON (INAUDIBLE) ARE INSEPARABLE.>>SHE WAS A MARINE GUNNERY
SERGEANT FOR 14 YEARS BEFORE BEING MEDICALLY RETIRED FOR
CONSTANT ARM AND BACK PAIN AND PTSD.>>HE’S BEEN TRAINED TO GET
(INAUDIBLE) IF YOU’RE HAVING ANXIETY ISSUES.>>
>>CORRECT.>>HE KNOWS RIGHT AWAY IF YOU
ARE.>>HE KNOWS RIGHT AWAY.
HE KNOWS TO FOCUS ON ME.>>TWO MONTHS BEFORE SHE MET,
HER HUSBANDS, ALSO A MARINE VETERAN LOST HIS BATTLE WITH
CANCER, SETTING HER INTO A TAIL SPIN.>>22 VETERANS EVERY DAY TAKE
YOUR LIFE.>>WHAT IS IT ABOUT —
>>I THINK WE HAVE THE SAME PERSONALITY, YOU KNOW KIND OF
WEIRD SENSE OF HUMOR. HE KNOWS IT.
SO IT’S SOMETHING –>>YOUR LAUGH IS A REWARD FOR
HIM.>>OH, YEAH.>>IT’S THAT WORK THAT HERO DOGS
FOSTER THAT TRAINING SESSIONS LIKE THIS ONE AT NATIONAL HARBOR
IN MARYLAND.>>SWEET HEART, DO YOU WANT TO
COME HOME?>>AFTER TWO MONTHS OF WORKING
WITH HERO DOGS RETIRED COLONEL LISA FOUND HER PARTNER, RUBY.
SHE SERVED 26 YEARS AS A (INAUDIBLE) SAYING OKAY I NEED
HELP IS>>THEY STILL HAVE A LOT TO
LEARN BUT THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE THEY’RE DOING IT TOGETHER. (OFF MIC)
AND INDEPENDENT. I KNOW IF AND WHEN WHY DISEASE
PROGRESSES. SHE WON’T (INAUDIBLE) ALONG THE
WAY.>>READY TO GO HOME?
SO EXCITING, RUBY.>>HERO DOGS GETS ABOUT 80
APPLICATIONS A YEAR FROM DISABLED VETS IN THE WASHINGTON
D.C. MARYLAND VIRGINIA AREA. ONE THING YOU NEED FOR DISABLED
VETS THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP THINGS THAT THEY DROP
FOR EXAMPLE, YOU HAVE TO GET UP, COMMON, MITCH.
IF YOU DROP YOUR KEYS, WELL, DONE, MITCH.
GOOD DOING. AND BY THE GOOD DOG.
EVERYTHING IS PAID FOR BY HELO DOGS (INAUDIBLE) DON’T HAVE TO
PAY A DIME.>>THANK YOU.
BE ABLE TO GET A DOG AVAILABLE IN EVERY ONE OF THESE
(INAUDIBLE)>>GREAT STORY, THANK YOU SO
MUCH.>>I HAVE LOST MY, SO THE VIDEO
I SHOWED REALLY GIVES YOU QUITE AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT WE’RE DOING
AND WHY WE’RE DOING IT, AS HAPPENED TWO VETERANS INTERVIEW
WERE FEMALE VETERANS. WE HAVE A THIRD ONE MATCHED WHO
IS A WOMAN. OF THE 12 MATCHED.
WE ALSO HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED HOME SKILLED COMPANION DOGS
WHICH STAY IN THE HOME AND HELP VETERANS AND WE HAVE TWO WOMEN
WHO HAVE HOME SKILLS COMPANION DOGS IN THEIR HOME.
SO I WILL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF A QUICK OVERVIEW OF HERO
DOGS. THIS IS OUR MISSION OF RAISING
TRAINING AND PLACING SERVICE DOGS AND OTHER HIGHLY SKILLED
CANINES LIKE COMMAND I DON’T KNOW DOG, FREE COMPANION DOG
FREE OF CHARGE WITH LIFETIME SUPPORT OF THE PARTNERSHIP.
SO YOU MIGHT READ ORGANIZATIONS THAT JUST TRAIN AND LET THE
VETERAN GO, WE STAY WITH OUR VETERANS FOR THE LIFE OF THE
DOG. AND I HEARD EARLIER IN ONE OF
THE PRESENTATIONS ABOUT BUILDING COMMUNITY.
AT HERO DOGS BUILT A REALLY STRONG VETERAN COMMUNITY.
WITHIN OUR LITTLE GROUP. WE’RE PRETTY YOUNG AND WE DON’T
HAVE A LOT OF PLACEMENTS BUT WE WILL.
THEY COME BACK OFTEN FOR PARTIES, WORKSHOPS, ADDITIONAL
TRAINING. SOME GO OUT TOGETHER WITH THEIR DOGS SO IS IT’S BUILT A SENSE OF
COMMUNITY WHICH HELPS WITH ALL THE ISSUES YOU LEARNED ABOUT
TODAY. WE ARE BASED IN MARYLAND,
NON-PROFIT, ALL ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
WE DON’T GET GOVERNMENT FUNDING YET BUT SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON
SPECIAL EVENTS AND INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS.
WE HAVE A VERY SMALL STAFF OF NINE NOW AND I DIDN’T UPDATE
BUT WE HAVE NINE. BUT WE HAVE ABOUT 125 ACTIVE
VOLUNTEER, COULDN’T DO THE WORK WITHOUT THEM SO THE VETERANS AND
FIRST RESPONDERS, OPENED UP TO THEM AS WELL, HAVE TO HAVE
DISABLING MEDICAL CONDITION, IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SERVICE
RELATED. YOU HAVE TO BE RELEASED FROM ALL
SERVICES SO ANY ACTIVE DUTY PERSON WHO IS INTERESTED WILL
HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THEY’RE NO LONGER DEPLORABLE TO APPLY.
DEPLOYABLE TO I APPLY. THEN YOU DO APPLY AND MEET THE
REQUIREMENTS. AND THEN YOU MAKE A COMMITMENT
TO BE WITH THE DOGS FOR THE LIFE OF THE DOG AND FOLLOW ALL OF OUR
TRAINING WHICH IS RIGOROUS, AND DO BIANNUAL EVALUATION.
WE WORK IN THREE AREAS, ONE AREA WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS
POST TRAUMATIC INDUSTRIES ORDER. WHEN JENNIFER STARTED THE
ORGANIZATION SHE FELT MOBILITY WOULD BE THE GREATEST NEED BUT
TURNS OUT, THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CHALLENGES OUR VETERANS ARE
FACING HAS BEEN THE MOST REQUIRED INTERVENTION WITH THESE
SERVICE DOGS. SO THOUGH ZEKE WILL BE TRAINED
TO PICK UP OBJECTS, TURN LIGHTS ON AND OFF, GET THINGS FROM
ACROSS THE ROOM HE WILL ALSO BE TAUGHT TO RESPOND TO HIS
VETERANS BEHAVIORAL QUEUES THAT YOU GIVE WHEN YOU BECOME ANXIOUS
OR STARTING TO GO INTO A PANIC ATTACK, WE ALL HAVE BEHAVIORS WE
SHOW. SO THE DOGS LEARN THAT SPECIFIC
BEHAVIOR AND INTERVENE BY PRODDING THE PERSON WITH THEIR
NOTES OR PATTING WITH THEIR PAW. HE’S NOT AT THAT LEVEL SO I
CAN’T DEMONSTRATE IT BUT IT’S POWERFUL WHEN YOU SEE IT.
WHEN YOU GO INTO A PANIC ATTACK WHEN THE DOG INTERRUPTS YOU, YOU
FOCUS ON THE DOG RATHER THAN WHAT WAS CAUSING THE PANIC.
SO YOU INTERRUPT THAT MEMORY, OR IF IT’S GROUP OF PEOPLE YOU’RE
UNCOMFORTABLE, THEN YOU’LL LEAVE BECAUSE THE DOG ALERTED YOU TO
THE FACT YOU’RE GOING TO PANIC ATTACK SO REALLY PROFOUND.
ONE VETERAN, THE THIRD FEMALE VETERAN WHO YOU DID NOT SEE,
FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT AND FRANKLIN HAS CREATED A SITUATION WHERE
BEFORE SHE HAD FIVE PANIC ATTACKS A DAY, NOW SHE HAS ONE
OR TWO A MONTH. HE’S BY HER SIDE 24/7 BUT HE HAS
BECOME INDISPENSABLE. AND ALWAYS THERE FOR HER.
SO I’M GOING TO GO THROUGH THESE QUICKLY BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS
GOING THE TAKE TOO LONG TO MOVE THROUGH ALL.
AS I SAID WE WORK ON MOBILITY, HEARING LOSS, WAND PSYCHOLOGICAL
CHALLENGE. SO THESE ARE THINGS THE DOG
LEARNED TO DO FOR MOBILITY. SO SUPPORT FOR VETERANS, IT’S
PHYSIOLOGICAL BUT ALSO PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL.
AND SO WHAT I WAS GOING TO REFER YOU TO IS A RECENT STUDY WAS
PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR BY PURDUE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE. THIS IS THE FIRST STUDY REALLY
BEEN DONE SO THERE IS SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT SERVICE DOGS ARE A
TREATMENT MODALITY THAT WORKS. UP TO THIS POINT IT’S PRETTY
MUCH BEEN ANECDOTAL. AND SO WE’RE EAR PLEASED AS AN
ORGANIZATION THAT IS WORKING TO DO THIS THERE WILL BE SCIENTIFIC
EVIDENCE AND THE VA IS DOING THEIR OWN RESEARCH STUDY ON THIS
AS WELL. BUT THAT’S ONE REASON THERE IS
GOVERNMENT FUNDING RIGHT NOW FOR THIS PROJECT.
SO LOWERS THE SYMPTOMS OF PTSD, DOESN’T RID OF IT BUT LOWERS
SYMPTOMS. LOWERS DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY,
THERE’S HIGHER LEVELS OF LIFE SATISFACTION.
AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL BEING AND LOWERS LEVELS OF SOCIAL
ISOLATION. SO A GENTLEMAN I WORK, ONE OF
OUR VETERANS, NAMED KEVIN, HE KNOW HE COULD HAVE COME THE AN
EVENT LIKE THIS TODAY IF AVAILABLE BUT UP UNTIL HE GOT
HIS DOG HE WOULD NEVER HAVE GONE OUT IN PUBLIC AND ON TOP OF THAT
HAVE SPOKEN IN PUBLIC. NOW COMES (INAUDIBLE) ALWAYS
TALKS TO ME ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS DOG IS ALLOWING HIM TO DO
THAT. HE’S A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHAT
(INAUDIBLE). AGAIN GREATER ABILITY TO
PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.
THIS IS ALL THROUGH THIS STUDY. AND THINGS WE HAVE BEEN SAYING
ALL ALONG BUT NOW REFER YOU TO THE (INAUDIBLE).
HIGHER LEVEL RESILIENCE, TALKING ABOUT THAT IN ANOTHER SESSION
EARLIER AS WELL. HIGH LEVEL OF COMPANIONSHIP, WE
BUILT THIS COMMUNITY SO THAT THE VETERANS ARE COMING TOGETHER.
THERE’S LESS ABSENTEEISM FROM WORK BECAUSE OF HEALTH ISSUES.
SO THAT’S THE JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL
PSYCHOLOGY THAT IT’S IN AND IT WAS CO-FUNDED BY HUMAN ANIMAL
BOND RESEARCH, RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS AND UP THERE
ANIMAL HEALTH. AGAIN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I
SAID, BUT IT IS GIVING RECOGNITION TO THIS TYPE OF
TREATMENT MODALITY SO FOR THAT WE ARE APPLY THE KIND OF
(INAUDIBLE) I WILL SKIP THE DEMONSTRATION NOW BUT IF YOU
WANT TO COME UP AFTERWARDS AND ZEKE AND I WILL DO A
DEMONSTRATION FOR YOU, HE’S GOOD AT BEING COOL AND CHILL, YOU
PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS HERE IF I HADN’T BROUGHT HIM UP.
HE’LL MAKE A REALLY GOOD SERVICE DOG PROFESSION WITH AN OFFICE
JOB. WE HAD ONE DOG, GRACIE, WHO WE
COULDN’T PLACE AND TOOK US FOUR YEARS BECAUSE THE PLACEMENT
DEPENDS ON THE LIFESTYLE OF THE VETERAN, AS WELL AS
PERSONALITIES AND AS WELL AS THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED.
SAND GRACIE WAS SUPER ACTIVE AND NOW SHE IS WITH A VIETNAM
VETERAN NAMED MIKE AND HE IS AMAZING SPEAKER FOR US AS WELL
AND GRACIE AND MIKE ARE NOW ON AND OFF AIRPLANES BECAUSE MIKE
WORKEDD WITH THE TRAVELING VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL LAW, THEY
ARE SO HAPPY AND HE WILL SPEAK TO US ABOUT THE FACT THAT SHE
SAVED HIS LIFE. OTHER THINGS THEY DO.
AND YOU SEE THE PAW ANT LEG, THAT’S HOW THE DOG ONE OF THE
WAYS THE DOG CAN BE (INAUDIBLE) ANXIETY ATTACK.
I THINK I’M GOING TO STOP HERE BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE ANOTHER
SPEAKER. THIS PART WAS GOING THROUGH THE
WHOLE PROCESS OF HOW TO TRAIN OUR DOGS HOW TO TAKE IT DOES
TAKE ALMOST THREE YEARS, THERE ARE ABOUT TWO AND A HALF ZEKE
HAS JUST (INAUDIBLE) UP TO ME AFTERWARDS WITH QUESTIONS OR
DEMO. THANK YOU FOR INVITING ME. [APPLAUSE]>>
>>OKAY. I WANT TO SPEAK FASTLY BECAUSE I
WANT TO SEE THE DEMO TOO. LET’S SEE.
WENT BACK TO YOUR HOME SCREEN. WE CAN JUST PLAY IT, THAT WILL
BE FINE. SO I GUESS I’LL START WITHOUT
THE VIDEO AND IF YOU CAN JUST QUEUE IT UP THERE AND CLICK THE
LINK, ONCE WE GET TO IT WE CAN PICK IT UP FROM THERE.
BASICALLY I WAS ASKED TO SPEAK ABOUT WHAT THE AV DOES AND THE
VIDEO WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE
DO. BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF
THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE OVER THE YEARS AND HOW MANY
FAMILIAR WITH THE WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE TO AMERICA
MEMORIAL. GOOD.
GOOD. SOMETIMES A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
NOT AWARE OF THE THE ONLY MEMORIAL DEDICATEDDED TO WOMEN,
DOD SUPPORTED THE FOUNDING OF THE MEMORIAL THE ENTRANCE TO THE
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS WE DO
FREQUENTLY AND WE ARE HOPING TO DO IN THE NEXT CONGRESS IS PROVIDE TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF
WOMEN VETERANS INITIATIVES TO CONGRESS.
WE HAVEN’T HAD A HEARING TOPICAL HEARING ON WOMEN VETERANS ISSUE
ISSUE SINCE 2015, I BELIEVE THAT WAS THE LAST TOPICAL HEARING
SPECIFICALLY ON WOMEN VETERANS. WE CO-SPONSORED WOMEN VETERAN
SUMMIT WITH THE VA. WE ALSO INDEPENDENTLY LAUNCHED A
STAND UP FOR WOMEN VETERANS ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN WHICH RESULTED
IN LEGISLATION BEING PASSED AND PUBLIC LAW 111163.
THAT WAS WHAT THEY USE TO AUTHORIZE STUDY FOR BARRIERS TO
HEALTHCARE FOR WOMEN VETERANS, WE BELIEVE THAT WAS RELEASED IN
2016. WE ESTABLISHED A PILOT PROGRAM,
WE HELPED ESTABLISH A PILOT PROGRAM FOR COUNSELING IN WOMEN
VETERANS RETREAT SETTING. THAT WAS SOMETHING I TALKED
EARLIER AND I TALKED TO YOU ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN
VETERANS HAVING ACCESS TO PEERS AND TRAINING AFTER THEIR
TRANSITION. WE ALSO WORKED ON LEGISLATION
FOR CHILD CARE. FURNISHING HEALTHCARE TO SERVICE
NEWBORN WOMEN VETERANS, DR. HAYES SPOKE ABOUT THAT THIS
MORNING. WE’RE AN ANNUAL CONTRIBUTOR FOR
THE WOMEN VETERANS ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT BUDGET.
THAT IS A POLICY DOCUMENT FOR VETERANS THAT ADVISES ON THE
NEEDS OF WOMEN VETERANS IN OTHER ISSUES THAT ARE FACING VETERANS
AS A WHOLE. INDEPENDENT WRITERS ARE VFW AND
PVA. PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA.
SOME OTHER EFFORTS ARE IN MARCH. RIGHT NOW I WORK WITH VA
PROSTHETIC WOMEN VETERANS EMPHASIS GROUP.
AND IN 2014, DAV COMMISSIONS A STUDY TO LOOK AT WOMEN VETERANS
ISSUES. WE HAD A REPORT RELEASED WOMEN
VETERANS THE LONG JOURNEY HOME. ENOUGH THAT REPORT WE
HIGHLIGHTED 27 ISSUES FACING WOMEN VETERANS ACROSS THE
FEDERAL LANDSCAPE WHERE THEY TOOK A LONG LOOK AND ANALYZED
THESE PROGRAMS AND THEIR EFFECTIVENESS AND LOOKED AT THE
NEEDS FOR CLOSING THE GAPS ON OTHER IN OTHER AREAS FOR WOMEN
VETERANS. I WANT TO BRING THAT UP BECAUSE
ON SEPTEMBER 12th WE RELEASED THE FOLLOW-UP OF THE
WOMEN VETERANS THE JOURNEY AHEAD.
THIS IS GOING TO BE DONE AT THE CAPITOL HILL CENTER AND WHICH
WE’LL TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT VA HEALTHCARE, HOMELESSNESS,
VETERAN HOMELESSNESS, WOMEN VETERAN HOMELESSNESS,
TRANSITION. LEGAL SERVICES IS AND A HOST OF
OTHER SERVICES AND BENEFITS PROVIDED TO WOMEN VETERANS. IF
YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING PROVIDE ME WITH YOUR EMAIL
INFORMATION AFTER THIS PRESENTATION I WILL BE SURE WE
GET INVITATION OUT TO YOU. TO TEND THAT EVENT.
IT WILL BE A LUNCH AND LEARN EVENT.
WE ANTICIPATE A LOT OF EXCITEMENT GENERATED AROUND THIS
REPORT. BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN IT QUOTE IN
MANY, MANY, MANY ARTICLES AND HAD BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN A
NUMBER OF LEGISLATION THAT IS INTRODUCED IN THE 114 AND IS
15th CONGRESS FOR WOMEN VETERANS.
ONE THING WE CAN AGREE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL SUPPORT FOR
WOMEN VETERANS. THE AVR LEADERS ARE LONG TIME
SUPPORTERS OF THE NEED TO ENSURE WOMEN VETERANS RECEIVE THE SAME
BENEFIT, SERVICES AND HIGH QUALITY HEALTHCARE THAT OF MALE
VETERANS. EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT IS TO
ENSURE THAT THEIR SUPPORT FOR WOMEN VETERANS BECAUSE WE
REPRESENT A VERY SMALL PART OF THE POPULATION, IT’S VERY HARD
FOR US TO FIND OTHER WOMEN VETERANS TO CONNECT WITH OUTSIDE
AND MAKES IT VERY HARD OTHER WOMEN THAT CAN RELATE TO THE
THINGS THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN OUR TIME AND SERVICE.
AUSTIN, THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT WE USED TO SURVIVE IN THE
MILITARY, AND TO THRIVE IN THE MILITARY, THE RULES AND THE
TRAINING AND THE PROMOTION SYSTEMS THAT WE WERE UNDER ARE
SIMPLY NOT WELL PLACED WITHIN THE CIVILIAN CENTER.
AND OFTEN IT MAKES US COME OFF A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN OUR
CIVILIAN COUNTER PART. MY MOTHER USED TO TELL ME, I
LOVE TO VISIT YOU. AND I LOVE COMING ON YOUR BASE.
BUT YOU GUYS ARE ARROGANT. AND I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THAT
COMMENT UNTIL I STARTED DOING THIS WORK HERE AND REALLY BEING
EXPOSED AND HEARING FROM OTHERS THAT THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT
ABOUT OUR WALK, THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT THE WAY WE
TALK. WE’RE MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN
SOMETIMES WE’RE MORE AGGRESSIVE AND SOMETIMES THERE’S NOT
THAT’S NOT TAKEN AS WELL AS IT WOULD BE IF WE WERE STILL IN
THAT MILITARY SETTING. SO HAVING SOCIAL NETWORKS WHERE
WOMEN VETERANS CAN FIND OTHERS THAT UNDERSTAND THAT LANGUAGE
AND UNDERSTAND THAT BODY LANGUAGE AND UNDERSTAND THE
STRAIGHTNESS WITHOUT THINKING YOU’RE TRYING TO EMULATE A MALE
OR WITHOUT TAKING IT PERSONAL THAT YOU’RE SPEAKING DIRECT,
SOMETIMES HAVING THOSE RESOURCES AROUND AND ACCESS TO OTHER WOMEN
TO UNDERSTAND IT MAKES LIFE LITTLE EASIER.
SO I WANT TO GO JUMP INTO THE READY.
NO. IT WAS PLAYING, I SAW IT.
I GUESS I HAVE TO WING IT. FROM SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS
THAT DAD DOES; WE HAVE BEEN A TRANSPORTATION NETWORK.
OUR TRANSPORTATION NETWORK WE TAKE VETERANS TO AND FROM THEIR
MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS. THIS IS ALSO A TIME FOR
SOCIALIZATION. GOING TO AND FROM EUROPEAN
TAKING WITH OTHER VETERANS SO YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO
NETWORK AS WELL. THIS IS FOR MEN AND WOMEN.
OTHER THINGS THAT WE DO, WE HAVE A NATIONAL SERVICE OFFICE CORPS
THAT HAS WOMEN IN IT. THOSE SENSITIVE ISSUES THAT WE
MAY FACE TO INCLUDE MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA THOUGH MST IS NOT
A WOMAN OR FEMALE ONLY PROBLEM. WE HAVE WOMEN THAT ARE TRAINED
THAT ARE ESPECIALLY TRAINED OUR NSOs TO HANDLE THOSE ISSUES.
WE ALSO HAVE OUR VOLUNTEER SERVICE NETWORK.
WE HAVE A HHS OF OTHER THINGS HOST OF OTHER THINGS.
I WANT TO TALK TO ONE THING KATE TALKED EARLIER AND I WANT TO
THANK HER FOR THAT COMMENT, BECAUSE SHE TALKED ABOUT
SOMETHING THAT I HAVE HEARD SO MANY TIMES, FROM MY MEMBERS AND
THAT IS THE FEELING OF WELCOME, BEING WELCOME IN A VETERAN
SERVICE ORGANIZATION. DAV IS ONLY WORKING IN ON THIS
ISSUE, THIS IS ISSUE THAT I’M PERSONALLY TAKING INITIATIVE TO
HELP AS WELL AS OUR COMMANDER HAS A INTERIM WOMEN VETERANS
COMMITTEE THAT IS TAKING ISSUE WITH THIS AND TRYING TO WORK
TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS, WE JUST HAD A MEETING LAST MONTH TO
TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.
I MYSELF IS NOTHING NEW AND WE REALLY WANT TO WORK HARD TO TRY
TO CHANGE THAT IMAGE. ANOTHER THING IS I WANTED TO
HIGHLIGHT THAT DAV HAS SPONSORED SIX WOMEN VETERANS RETREAT TO
THE BOULDER CREST RETREAT CENTER.
WE SPONSOR SIX WOMEN THROUGH THAT TRAINING.
I WAS ONE OF THOSE WOMEN. AND WE ALSO SPONSOR ANOTHER
GROUP TO GO THROUGH. THIS IS VERY, VERY, VERY
IMPORTANT AND ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRIDGE THE GAP IN
THE WITH THE SOCIAL BY ADDING THE SOCIAL ASPECT AS WE GO
THROUGH THAT TRAINING WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK WITH
ONE ANOTHER. NOT JUST DURING THE TRAINING BUT
AFTER. EVERY ONE OF THOSE LADIES THAT I
WENT THROUGH THE TRAINING WITH, WE HAVE ACCESS TO ONE ANOTHER.
I ONLY GOING TO CLOSE IT BECAUSE I MY VIDEO ISN’T PLAYING.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO WALK UP TO ME
AFTER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS WE CAN TAKE ONE OR TWO
QUICKLY. WE DISCUSSED SUPPORT AS FAR AS
TRANSPORTATION, DAY CARE AND SERVICES BEING TRAUMA INFORMED
BUT IF WE HAVE QUICK QUESTIONS SO WE CAN MOVE ON TO OUR FINAL
SPEAKER, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.>>I HOPE IT’S A QUICK QUESTION
AND I HOPE IT’S QUICK ENOUGH ANSWER.
WHEN I WAS SPEAKING ABOUT THE WOVEN NETWORK THAT THE NATIONAL
CENTER FOR PTSD CREATED I TALKED ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WE BELIEVE
VERY STRONGLY IN AND IT’S BUILT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PRIVATE
SECTOR WHERE WE’RE LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY.
I DIDN’T HEAR US TALKING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY TODAY.
IT’S A DOUBLE EDGE SWORD BECAUSE IT CAN BE A WAY TO HIDE AND NOT
CONNECT BUT IT CAN ALSO BE INCREDIBLE WAY TO AT LEAST
SUSTAIN CONNECTIONS ONCE MADE, I WONDERED WHAT THE PANEL I
DON’T THINK WE HAVE VIRTUAL SERVICE DOGS BUT WE HAVE VIRTUAL
WAYS TO CONNECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND I LOVE TO HEAR
THOUGHTS ON THAT.>>GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR BRINGING
THAT UP. FIRST WHEN WE IN THE NON-PROFIT
SECTOR DESIGN ANYTHING THAT’S IN PERSON COMPONENT THE VIRTUAL
SPACE FOR SUPPORT CONTINUUM IS VITAL AND ESSENTIAL AND THERE
HAS TO BE A SUPPORT CONTINUUM BEYOND THE COMING TOGETHER.
I’M REALLY INVOLVED IN LEAN IN WOMEN WOMEN AND THE LEAN IN
VETERANS MOVEMENT AND IT’S HAPPENING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
PLATFORMS SO I WANT IT CAN BE A NICE WAY TO DIP THEIR TOE IN THE
WATER IN TERMS OF CONNECTIVITY. GLENN, AT THE END OF THE DAY
AGAIN IT AT THE END OF THE DAY IT’S MAKING OPPORTUNITIES
AVAILABLE ACCESSIBLE AND CULTURALLY COMPETENT TO USE THE
PHRASE I DON’T LOVE TO USE. SO IF SOMEBODY FEELS SAFER
INTERACTING ON SISTER-IN-LAW MEDIA PLATFORM BEFORE GETTING
INVOLVED MORE INTIMATELY AND IN PERSON SETTINGS, THAT’S A
TREMENDOUS ASSET. AND VALUE ADD FOR A PROGRAM
PLANNER.>>
>>ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE DID AS PARTICIPANTS AT
BOULDER CREST IS SET UP A SOCIAL VIDEO CHAT.
THERE WERE A NUMBER OF WOMEN THAT LIVED IN DIFFERENT STATES
AND SO WE LEAVE A VIDEO FOR EACH OTHER AND CHECK IN, IF YOU HAVE
A HARD TIME, WE ALL CHECK THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW EVERYBODY IS
DOING. GOOGLE DRIVE, THERE’S A HOST OF
PROVIDERS OUT THERE, THAT ALLOW US TO DO THAT.>>WITH HERO DOGS SO PERSONAL
AND HANDS ON WE DON’T USE A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE TRAINING
AND PLACEMENT BUT WE DO A LOT OF BUSINESS FOR MEDIA.
TYPES OF OUTREACH AND WE HAVE A VERY ACTIVE FACEBOOK PAGE AND
VERY ACTIVE WEBSITE AS WELL THAT CHANGES CONSTANTLY AND WE STAY
IN CONNECTION WITH THAT.>>GREAT.
THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE’LL MOVE FORWARD TO OUR FINAL
SPEAKER BUT JOIN ME IN APPLAUDING OUR SOCIAL SUPPORT
SPEAKERS FOR TODAY. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>OKAY.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE ALL DAY, I WANT TO THANK AGAIN
THE STAFF, ESPECIALLY CANDICE FOR YOUR HARD WORK, I HOPE YOU
GET TO SIT DOWN SOON. FOR ME, I THINK IT’S BEEN A
GREAT DAY, I LEARNED A LOT. I WILL BE DOING MORE RESEARCH ON
MORAL INJURY. THAT’S A CONCEPT I HAVE TO WRAP
MY HEAD AROUND AND SEE WHERE IT GOES.
IF OWH NEEDS TO DO WORK IN THAT AREA.
IT IS NOW MY MEASURE TO INTRODUCE ADMIRAL BRETT GIROIR,
HHS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH.
WE’RE SO EXCITED HE MADE TIME TO COME TODAY.
ADMIRAL GIROIR IS THE 16th UNITED STATES ASSISTANT SEC FOR
HEALTH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
HE SEARCHES AS SECRETARY PRINCIPLE PUBLIC HEALTH AND
SCIENCE ADVISOR AND OVERSEES KEY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICES AND
PROGRAMS. INCLUDING DISEASE PREVENTION AND
HEALTH PROMOTION, INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND VACCINE POLICY,
HUMAN SUBJECT PROTECTION, OVERSEES THREE PRESIDENTIAL AND
11 SECRETARIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES AN OFFICE OF THE
SURGEON GENERAL, ADMIRAL GIROIR LEADS HHS EFFORTS TO FIGHT
AMERICA’S OPIOID CRISIS. PREVIOUSLY DR. GIROIR SERVED IN
NUMEROUS LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND
ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS. MOST NOTABLY, THE FIRST
PHYSICIAN TO BE APPOINTED OFFICE DIRECTOR AT THE DEFENSE ADVANCE
RESEARCH PROJECT AGENCY. ADS PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE
PHYSICIAN DR. GIROIR CARED FOR CRITICALLY ILL CHILDREN FOR 14
YEARS. HE CONS THE BRING THAT HANDS ON
PATIENT CENTERED PERSPECTIVE TO HIS WORK AS THE ASSISTANT
SECRETARY FOR HEALTH. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING
DR. GIROIR. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, NICOLE.
INTO THANK EVERYONER I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR BEING HERE
THIS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. IT’S MY OWN FAULT BECAUSE I
COULDN’T BE HERE EARLY IN THE MORNING THE SCHEDULE WOULDN’T
PERMIT. SO I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY
TO BE HERE AT LEAST AT THE END OF THE DAY.
OFFICE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH IS A GREAT JOB, JUST A SPECTACULAR
JOB IN OUR FIRST SIX MONTHS HERE, THEY HAVE BEEN DONE SO
MANY PROGRAMS PIONEERING LOOKING AT GAPS AND UNDERSTANDING HOW
THE GAPS CAN BE FILLED SO I APPRECIATE YOUR WORK IN
PARTICULAR I THINK EPITOMIZING SPIRIT OF OUR OFFICE, WE’RE NOT
A MULTI-BUILD OFFICE, BUT WE’RE AN OFFICE THAT’S MEANT TO DEFINE
WHERE POLICY GAPS ARE, WHERE THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE, HOW TO BRING
PEOPLE TOGETHER IN A CATALYTIC WAY.
I THINK THIS IS REALLY JUST GREAT TODAY BECAUSE WE HAVE
CERTAINLY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, WE HAVE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, WE HAVE VA.
WE HAVE MULTIPLE AGENCIES WITHIN HHS INCLUDING SAMHSA.
WE ALSO I SEE ON THE AGENDA NOTABLE PEOPLE FROM ACADEMIA.
SO BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER IS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE
DO. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE
WHO ARE ONLINE. I UNDERSTAND THEIR LEVEL OF OVER
700 ON FACEBOOK AND SEVERAL HUNDRED WATCHING THE LIVE
WEBCAST. SO I’M SPEAKING AS MUCH TO THEM
RIGHT NOW AS I AM TO YOU IN THE AUDIENCE.
I ALSO DO WANT TO THANK SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, VICE ADMIRAL
JEROME ADAMS U.S. SURGEON GENERAL WHO MADE IT A POINT TO
BE HERE, DR. NEAL, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER IN MY OFFICE.
AND CAPTAIN V SITTING THERE. SHE’S MY SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
AND IT’S REALLY DONE AMAZING WORK, PARTICULARLY IN ACTIVE
DUTY AND IN VETERAN SUICIDE ISSUES.
AND AS YOUNG AS SHE IS, SHE’S ONE OF THE NATIONAL AUTHORITIES
WORKING HIGH LEVEL AND DEDICATED TO THAT.
SO REALLY APPRECIATE YOU SPENDING TIME HERE.
OF COURSE THERE WAS NOBODY IN MY OFFICE TODAY SO I WAS LOOKING
FOR YOU BUT I KNEW YOU WERE IN A GOOD PLACE.
REALLY, THE MAIN REASON I’M HERE, THERE ARE TWO REASONS.
NUMBER ONE IS PROVIDE THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO WORKED SO HARD TO
MAKE THIS HAPPEN. AND SECONDLY TO SAY THAT I’M
HERE BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT YOU DO MATTERS AND THE
RESULTS THAT COME OF THIS WORKSHOP AND SUBSEQUENT WORK
WILL BE HEARD NOT ONLY BY OFFICE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH BUT BY ME, SEC
AND INTERAGENCY SO WE TAKE THIS EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY AND FIRST
PART IS JUST TO SHOW UP, I WANTED TO SHOW UP AND LET YOU
KNOW THAT WHAT YOU’RE DOING REALLY DOES MATTER.
I LEARNED SOME THINGS, 15% OF ACTIVE DUTY ARE WOMEN, 18%
RESERVES ARE WOMEN, IN ADDITION THERE’S ABOUT 2 MILLION WOMEN
VETERANS IN THE UNITED STATES, PRETTY LARGE NUMBER OF VERY
SIGNIFICANT ONE. I SORT OF INTERACTD WITH THE
SYSTEM A LITTLE BIT. WHEN I WAS AT DARPA THE PREVIOUS
SPEAKER WAS TALKING ABOUT THE WOMEN’S PROSTHETIC GROUP OR SOME
NAME SIMILAR TO THAT. WHEN I WAS AT DARPA THE ONLY
REASON THAT WE NOW HAVE PA BIONIC ARM THAT IS FULLY
APPROVED BY THE FDA AND PUT ON VETERANS NOW, THAT WAS A PROGRAM
I STARTED AT DARPA WITH COLONEL JEFF LANE, WHEN WE WERE WORKING
WITH AT WALTER REED THERE WAS A WOMAN VETERAN THERE WEST POINT
GRADUATE AND HER NAME IS DAWN HALF ACRE.
YOU MAY KNOW HER, WEST POINT GRADUATE IN HER REHABILITATION
AND SHE SO MADE THE POINT TO US ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT JUST
GOING BACK TO COMBAT BUT BEING A 23-YEAR-OLD, HAVING ABILITY TO
GO BACK TO YOUR LIFE AND BE ABLE TO PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON IN THE
MORNING OR INTERACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
SHE SO MOVED US THAT WE BROUGHT OUR DIRECTOR OUT THERE AND TWO
YEARS LATER WE HAD A BIONIC ARM, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, THAT WAS
READY TO GO AND IT COULD BE BRAIN CONTROLLED, IT CAN BE
CONTROLLED BY MUSCLES, SO WE HAD THAT INTERACTION, SECONDLY WHICH
RELATES TO THIS IS I CHAIRED THE VETERANS CHOICE BLUE RIBBON
PANEL FOR THE BIG ASSESSMENT OF THE VETERANS HEALTH SYSTEM, I
DID THIS IN A YEAR OR TWO BEFORE I GOT HERE.
IT WAS AN AMAZING LOOK AT THE VA HEALTH SYSTEM AND ON AVERAGE THE
HEALTH SYSTEM YOU MAY DISAGREE, ON AVERAGE REALLY PRETTY GOOD,
THE CARE IS ABOVE THE QUALITY YOU GET IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
AND PARTICULARLY SOME OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE
REALLY VERY GOOD BUT THE PROBLEM IS IT’S UNEQUAL.
THERE ARE MANY VA HEALTH CENTERS THAT HAVE NOT GOOD CARE AND VERY
LONG WAITS AND PEOPLE GET. SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE TALKED
ABOUT WHICH RELATES DIRECTLY TO THIS IS ENHANCING THE CHOICE
ACT. WHICH REALLY GIVES VETERANS AND
INCREASED OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK CARE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
WE THINK THAT’S A VERY GOOD THING BECAUSE IT PROMOTES CHOICE
AMONG VETERANS SO YOU CAN GO WHERE YOU WANT TO GO TO SEEK
YOUR CARE. BUT IT ALSO ADDS PROBLEM,
BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW ANY SOURCES IN MEDICAL SCHOOL THAT TEACH YOU
WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS OF WOMEN VETERANS, IN PARTICULAR THE
PROBLEMS OF WOMEN VETERANS WHO JUST COME OUT OF THE LAST 10,
15, 20 YEARS PERSISTENT CONFLICT WE COME OUT OF COMBINED WITH THE
PROBLEMS IN OUR SOCIETY IN GENERAL, SO IT’S OF COURSE A
WONDERFUL THING TO HAVE CHOICE BUT THE FLIP SIDE IS WE HAVE AN
ADDED RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES BECAUSE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES
YOU’RE GOING TO BE CLUELESS AND WE DON’T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.
RESEARCH, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US.
I’M A PEDIATRICIAN, PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE PEDIATRICIAN, WE
COME PAST THE TIME WE DON’T INCLUDE MINORITIES OR CHILDREN
IN RESEARCH WOMEN VETERANS ARE 2 MILLION PEOPLE SHOULD WE COME
TO POINT IN TIME TO HAVE WOMEN VETERANS INCLUDED IN OUR
RESEARCH PROJECTS BECAUSE WOMEN VETERANS OR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY
REPRESENT A LARGE PORTION OF THE POPULATION WITH A SPECIAL NEED
JUST LIKE OTHER UNDER-REPRESENTED GROUPS.
THAT’S SOMETHING I THOUGHT ABOUT.
PAIN MANAGEMENT. SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT TO ME
BECAUSE I DO RUN THE HHS OPIOIDS MEASURES FOR THE ENTIRE
DEPARTMENT. AS WE HAVE LEARNED, SO WELL OVER
THE PAST COUPLE OF DECADES, THE SOLUTION OF PAIN IS NOT JUST A
PILL. AND IF IT HAPPENS TO BE A PILL
FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME IT HAS TO BE COMBINED WITH SO MANY
OTHER THINGS. PHYSICAL THERAPY, EMOTIONAL,
PSYCHOBEHAVIORAL SUPPORT. UNUSUAL TREATMENT.
ACUPUNCTURE IS GETTING QUITE A BIT OF NOTORIETY NOW AND YOU
WILL SEE ACTIVITIES AROUND THAT. SO IS IT’S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT
THAT WE FOCUS ON THOSE ISSUES AS WELL RELATED TO WOMEN IN THE
MILITARY AND WOMEN VETERANS. I THINK YOU HEARD FROM VANILLA
SINGH, DR. SINGH WHO IS CHAIRING THE PAIN MANAGEMENT BEST
PRACTICES TASK FORCE WHICH IS REALLY AIMED AT TRYING TO
PROVIDE UNDERSTANDING WHERE GAPS ARE, WHERE OPPORTUNITIES ARE,
WHERE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE HAD AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU IF YOU
HAVE AN OPINION, PLEASE WRITE IN.
WE HAVE A BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR INPUT FROM INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS
AND MANY OF YOU REPRESENT GROUPS I UNDERSTAND MAKE SURE YOUR
GROUP SENDS INPUT IN ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE ISSUES THAT RELATE TO
WOMEN IN THE MILITARY OR TO WOMEN VETERANS.
THAT GOES NOT JUST FOR THE PAIN MANAGEMENT INTERAGENCY TASK
FORCE BUT ALL THESE SECRETARIAL PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES
WE TAKE PUBLIC INPUT VERY SERIOUSLY.
THEY’RE RED, THEY’RE READ BY MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE AND
CONSIDERED JUST AS PRACTICAL MATTER IF YOU REPRESENT A GROUP
IT’S MUCH BETTER TO HAVE A LETTER FROM GROUP WHO YOU
REPRESENT THAT 500 INDIVIDUAL MALES BECAUSE THEN IT GETS LOST
BUT IF YOU’RE A GROUP THAT IS REPRESENTING A POSITION, THAT’S
REALLY IMPORTANT. SO I’LL CLOSE, I DON’T HAVE ANY
QUESTION AN ANSWER BUT IF YOU WANT TO ASK A QUESTION BE HAPPY
TO DO THAT. I SAY THIS TO THE PEOPLE IN THE
COMMUNITY, PROVIDERS WHO ARE OUT THERE, FIRST THING YOU NEED TO
DO, IT’S PROBABLY NOT ON ANY LITTLE FLOWCHART WHEN YOU SEE
YOUR PATIENTS, ASK THEM ARE THEY A VETERAN.
WHERE HAVE YOU SERVED? THAT’S THE FIRST THING, I DON’T
KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU COULD ASK THAT WHEN YOU GO IN PHYSICIAN OR
NURSE PRACTITIONERS OFFICE, ARE YOU VETERAN, WHERE ARE THE
ISSUES. AS A PEDIATRICIAN I’M IMAGINING
IT COULD BE IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND IF A MOM IS A VETERAN
SO I CAN UNDERSTAND THE PRESSURES THAT ARE ONGOING IN
FAMILY OUT. FAMILY UNIT.
SECONDLY AS POINTED OUT IN THIS MEETING AND BACKGROUND MEETING,
THERE ARE SEX DIFFERENCES IN HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR MEN AND
WOMEN PARTICULARLY THOSE IN THE MILITARY AND WE HAVE TO USE THAT
IN APPROACH. THIS IS ABOUT GETTING PRECISION
MEDICINE AND PRECISION MEDICINE MEANS GIVING PEEP IT WILL RIGHT
SERVICES THE RIGHT PREVENTION THEY NEED FOR THEMSELVES.
OF COURSE WHAT OUR OFFICE IS ABOUT AND OF COURSE SURGEON
GENERAL MOTTO BELTER HEALTH THROUGH BETTER PARTNERSHIPS WE
HOPE THEY CAN WITHSTAND NOT JUST TODAY BUT THE NEXT MONTHS AND
YEARS AND WE CAN GROW INTO SOMETHING THAT IS VERY
IMPORTANT. IN CLOSING I KNOW IT’S RUSH
HOUR, I WANT YOU TO GET HOME BUT I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT
TO BE HERE AND NEARLY A THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO ARE ONLINE FOR YOUR
INTEREST, THIS IS A SPARK. AND SPARKS ARE IMPORTANT TO GET
THE FIRE LIT. YOU HAVE MY COMMITMENT TO
SUPPORT YOU, THIS OFFICE, THE GROUPS, ANYBODY WE CAN DO TO
MAKE THE HEALTH OF WOMEN WHO ARE ACTIVE DUTY OR VETERANS IMPROVED
IN THE FUTURE. AGAIN, THANK YOU, IF YOU HAVE A
QUESTION OR TWO, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER, BUT IF NOT,
THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND HAVE SAFE TRAVELS. [APPLAUSE]
WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION?
I NEVER MIND TAKING QUESTIONS BUT IF YOU DON’T IS THERE A
QUESTION? OKAY.
WILL I REGRET THIS?>>I DON’T THINK SO.
I WANT TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION A QUESTION, ONE OF THE
THINGS WE HAVE BEEN DOING AT VETERAN HEALTH COUNCIL VIETNAM
VETERANS OF AMERICA IS RECOGNIZING THAT PROFESSIONAL
MEDICAL SOCIETIES ARE WORKING ON INTEGRATING INFORMATION ON
VETERAN HEALTHCARE INTO THEIR PROGRAMMING.
UNTIL THAT HAPPENS THE ONUS OR BURDEN OF COMMUNICATING WITH A
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER ABOUT OUR VETERANS STATUS FALLS ON THE
VETERAN AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBER.
WITH MORE AND MORE CARE BEING SENT OUT INTO THE CIVILIAN
COMMUNITY, THE QUESTION IS, HOW CAN WE BEST PREPARE OR GIVE A
TOOL KIT TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS SO THEY CAN HAVE THE CONVERSATION
WITH THEIR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER, KNOW WHAT TO SAY AND HELP KEEP
THAT INFORMATION FLOWING?>>LET ME TELL YOU, ONCE AND I
NEED TO BE MUCH MORE INFORMED BUT IF THERE IS AN EVIDENCE
BASED CONSENSUS ABOUT WHAT THE ISSUES ARE AND WHAT PEOPLE
SHOULD BE DOING, WE ARE THE MECHANISM TO AMPLIFY THAT,
WHETHER IT’S OWH, WHETHER IT’S SOME OF OUR KEY WEBSITES IN MY
OFFICE, WE CAN DO IT AS SOMETHING FROM THE SECRETARY AND
ANNOUNCE THAT, WE CAN PUT IT ON CMS, KIND OF WEBSITES, THEY HAVE
A $2 TRILLION BUDGET SO PEOPLE DO THAT, IF THE SURGEON GENERAL
WAS HERE THEY COULD ISSUE ADVISORY OR NOTIFICATION.
SO TO ME GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT, IS WHAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO
BE DOING. YOU HAVE HOW MANY HITS TO YOUR
WEBSITE EVERY MONTH? I HEARD IT WAS LIKE 2 MILLION WHAT?
2 MILLION A YEAR. SO THERE’S A LOT OF WEBSITES
THERE BUT AGAIN, I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE IN TERMS OF
CREATING THAT NOTIFICATION TOOL KIT, AND WE CAN FOLLOW-UP ON
THAT BUT ONCE THOSE MESSAGES ARE KNOWN, WE CAN CLEARLY WE CAN
CLEARLY DO THAT AND THROUGH PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES, AMERICAN
MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. ONCE WE HAVE IT WE CAN AMPLIFY
IT.>>WONDERFUL, THANK YOU.>>YES, MA’AM.>>LIKE TO SAY THIS WAS AN —
>>I’M SQUINTING BECAUSE OF THE BRIGHT LIGHTS.>>I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR
THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THIS NATIONAL MEETING FOR ACTIVE DUTY
AND VETERAN WOMEN HEALTH, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT.
I’M A VETERAN, RETIRED NURSE PRACTITIONER FROM THE ARMY AND I
BELONG THE ACERTAINIATION OF BLACK CARDIOLOGISTS AND I WANT
TO SAY THERE ARE A LOT OF NOT FOR PROFIT OR PROFIT
ORGANIZATIONS THAT WOULD LIKE TO HELP.
MAYBE WE CAN SUGGEST A DATA CALL AND GET THE SERVICES TOGETHER ON
THE WEBSITE. THEY DID IT FOR THE CAREGIVERS
AND IT WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL THREE YEARS AGO I I WAS ON THAT
ADVISORY TEAM, SEEMS WE GOT ALL THESE SERVICES AND RESOURCES BUT
NEED ONE PLACE TO FIND THEM ON THE INTERNET.
I LEARNED A LOT TODAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT
ORGANIZATION OF THE MEETING.>>THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE,
GREAT IDEA. THESE ARE EASY THINGS THAT WE
CAN DO. WE CAN REALLY DO THAT.>>THANK YOU.>>ANY LAST QUESTIONS OR
COMMENTS? THANK YOU, VERY MUCH.
REALLY APPRECIATE THE
OPPORTUNITY HERE. [APPLAUSE]

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