Other honorees include Katrina Pierson (communications consultant), Lynn Patton (The Eric Trump Foundation), Reggie Howard (United Athletes Foundation), Peter Theil (Theil Capital), Beverly Jackson (Impact TV), Ken Harris (National Business League), and Joe Brookman (Urban Works). The event is co-hosted by The South Carolina African American Chamber, Hotcards, Michigan Black Chamber, Log Cabin Republicans, National Business League, and WEA, Inc.
As service-disabled veterans, Ronald and Dr. Evelyn Lewis launched a Research & Development firm (Steptoe Group, LLC) in 2008 where the concept, design, implementation, and evaluation of the Warrior Centric Health platforms were developed. Warrior-Centric Healthcare Training (WCHT)® was designed to equip commercial and non-profit medical personnel and staff with the skills necessary for the standard and consistent application of culturally competent methodologies when treating military service members, veterans and their families. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other mental and behavioral conditions are being treated in various ways throughout the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Veterans Administration (VA), and civilian healthcare systems. This program teaches healthcare professionals how to master these unique clinical situations by exploring the integration of the bio-psycho-social-cultural (military service, military culture, rank, veterans, gender issues, age, values and beliefs, socioeconomics, race, ethnicity and religion) elements that impact health.
Once the evidence based platforms were developed and tested, Warrior Centric Health, LLC was launched in 2016 to bring health care advocacy and outcomes, curriculum development and training to the federal and commercial marketplaces. Over the years, they have leveraged their collective and extensive public/private-sector business experiences by providing management and technical solutions to the government and private sectors via the firm.
Ron graduated from West Point in 1987 and his unique story gives an unparalleled perspective around serving ones country, entrepreneurialism and Veteran Population Health. “As an 8th generation military veteran whose family legacy of service to the nation dates back to the Revolutionary War; my own military experience and education from the United States Military Academy at West Point has compelled me to lead and inspire a sustained legacy of innovation and equity in healthcare for the nation’s veteran and military communities.”
As CEO of Warrior Centric Health, Ronald has established innovative partnerships with leading national medical organizations to provide “medically-accredited military culture, cultural competency and patient-provider communication” educational training programs for health and service support providers and systems.
Ronald’s activities and honors include:
- Serving on the Board of Directors of USA Cares, Inc. (a veterans service organization).
- Commission into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for his national work serving the military and veteran communities, awarded by the governor of Kentucky in 2013.
- Appointment as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2014.
- Named a Board Certified Diplomate by the American Board of Disability Analyst.
Steptoe has made a point of saying many times during the 2016 election cycle that providing appropriate and timely health care for Veterans and their families is not a partisan issue. It’s an American issue.
When it comes to our nation’s Veterans, Service Members, and their Families, we have one unifying mission and one voice – Get the Right Care to the Right People at the Right Time.
Warrior Centric Health, LLC—named by Forbes as one of the Top 25 Veteran-Founded Start-ups in America—is the first accredited eLearning program to address the socio-cultural determinants of health in veterans and their families. Its design equips hospitals, medical personnel and staff with the skills necessary to improve long-term health outcomes when treating veterans, their families and vulnerable populations by providing quality education, data science, credentialing, community outreach and market relationship support.