Veterans’ Health & Wellness Community Summit Features Distinguished Speakers

Pitt-Johnstown

posted September 10, 2017


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will host a Veterans’ Health & Wellness Community Summit at the new John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness on Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

veterans summitThis is a free community summit with a focus on issues that affect veterans and families, as well as the community, with a focus on suicide prevention.

Guest speakers will include Mrs. Joyce Murtha, State Representative Bryan Barbin, Ronald Poropatich, MD, Col (ret) Executive Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research discussing ground-breaking advances in treatment of injured service members, and Maj Gen. Thomas S. Jones, USMC (ret) Founder and Executive Director of Outdoor Odyssey and Semper Fi Odyssey.

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James E. Van Zandt VAMC Health and Wellness Community Summit

Agenda

Thursday, September 14, 2017
John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

8:30  a.m.           Registration & Light Refreshments

9:00  a.m.           Ceremonial Opening at The Heroes Memorial

Presentation of Colors – presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars 155 Color Guard

Pledge of Allegiance – led by Ms. Barbara Ott, proud mother of Sergeant Brian Gindlesperger (deceased)

National Anthem – led by Kristen L. Majocha, PhD (USN),

Interim Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs

9:30 a.m.            Program Open

 Raymond Wrabley, PhD (USCG) Division Chair, Social Science, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Dr. Jem Spectar, President of University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown           

Dr. Christopher Watson, Associate Chief of Staff Behavioral Health Services, James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center           

9:50  a.m.             Legislative Update

State Representative Bryan Barbin, PA Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Congressman Keith Rothfus, US House of Representatives 12th Congressional District

10:00 a.m.          Access to Care

Dr. Christopher Watson, Associate Chief of Staff, Behavioral Health Services, James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center

Panel Q & A

Dr. Christopher Watson, ACOS
Tom Caulfield – President of Veteran’s Community Initiatives
Adana Hooten, LCSW – VA Transition and Care Management Team
Doctor General Michael Dunn, MD, FACP, FAASLD – Former Commander of Walter Reed Medical Center

Additional Members to be Announced                                                

10:30  a.m.         BREAK

10:40  a.m.         Suicide Prevention

Mr. Russell Crupe, Sr., Survivor

Panel Q & A

Mr. Russell Crupe, Sr.

Mark Todero, Suicide Prevention Program Manager; Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Eileen Woods, LCSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator; James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center

SFC Jon Maldet

SSG Bryan Reighard   

Additional Members to be Announced

Noon              Break for Lunch

1:00 p.m.       Remarks by Mrs. Joyce Murtha

1:00 p.m.       Moral Injury

Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Klavens Noel (USAFR) and  Chaplain Lewis Button, James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center

1:30 p.m.            Teaching Kids to Cope

Ann Gleeson, Managing Director; University of Pittsburgh Center for Military Medicine Research

1:45 p.m.            Advances in Treatment of Injured Service Members

Ronald Poropatich, MD, Col (ret), Executive Director, Center for Military Medicine Research

Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Panel Q & A

Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Noel

Chaplain Button

Mary Elaine Sheehan, Recovery Coordinator

Ann Gleeson

Dr. Poropatich

Additional Members to be announced

2:30  p.m.       Major General T.S. Jones (USMC Retired); Semper Fi Odyssey

3:00  p.m.       Adjournment


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.