A Community Action Town Hall with Former VA Secretary David Shulkin MD

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are wide, deep and ongoing. At risk populations are especially vulnerable as we continue to understand the disease profile and how it interacts with the population at large. One distinct at risk population includes our Veterans many of whom present with known COVID-19 risk factors, ie, co-morbidities including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or immuno-suppression (cancer, coronary disease), in addition to well documented disproportionate rates of suicide and mental illness.

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Free Registration here.

Time: Apr 24, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Stepping into the gap is the Ninth Secretary of the Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD on Friday, April 24th, 2020, Secretary Shulkin will moderate the virtual Town Hall ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress‘ with colleagues including: Sherman Gillums, Jr., Chief Advocacy Officer, AMVETS National; Robert Cuyler, Chief Clinical Officer, Palo Alto Health Sciences, Caitlin Thompson, MEd, PhD, Vice President, Cohen Veteran Services and Tina Atherall, DSW, LSMW, CEO, PsychArmor Institute.

Town Hall participants will:

  • Better understand the immediate and prolonged impact of social isolation and financial hardship on Veterans with mental health challenges
  • Hear from leaders about innovative strategies being deployed to meet the needs of Veterans, their caregivers, and the clinicians supporting them
  • Share innovative ideas for bringing communities together to support Veterans now, post quarantine, and in preparation for a second wave of the pandemic

Check out the Town Hall Preview featuring Nick van Terheyden, MD, clinical and digital health leader and Fred Goldstein, an expert in population health and employer health care. 

For those who can’t make the Town Hall, follow the action on twitter via the hashtag #VAcovid19. This ‘digital dashboard‘ affords both analytics reports and transcripts recapping the conversations providing a fertile pool of commentary, actionable resources and business intelligence.

For a series of blog posts by Secretary Shulkin, click here, including Dr. Shulkin’s most recent piece titled: Should We Be Concerned About PTSD with Covid-19?

Join us for this important Town Hall forum to discuss how leading organizations are collaborating to support Veterans with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues during and after the pandemic. Specially moderated by Dr. David Shulkin, the Ninth Secretary of the US Department of Veteran Affairs, you will hear from experts in behavioral and veteran’s health about actionable strategies supporting Veterans in this unique time of crisis.  

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