Penn State Health recently established a military service/veteran affinity resource network group to understand the issues that we need to be addressing from a student, employee, and patient perspective. In a May 2016 article at Penn State, “Bringing diversity into focus on the Hershey campus” it stated: “Although medical providers likely have no intention of being insensitive, a lack of familiarity with the unique needs of certain patient populations leaves them open to interactions that can make the difference between a positive experience and a harrowing one.”
“It’s everyone’s responsibility,” says Lynette Chappell-Williams, chief diversity officer and associate dean for diversity and inclusion, Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
In stark contrast, and equally exciting, a 2nd year Occupational Therapy student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Veteran, contacted Warrior Centric Health regarding cultural competency training relating to veteran culture. Because the OT program currently does not provide a program on veteran culture, the student conducted her own search to find Warrior Centric Health. Her concern was that many of her peers go on to work with veterans and they know little about them. Dr. Lewis will join the students in April to workshop and provide cultural competency training as well as introduce Warrior Centric Health training.
Warrior Centric Health’s COO, Kate Van Name said, “This is the 2nd time Medical School students have contacted us and lead the charge to obtain cultural competency training relating to veteran culture. We find that really exciting and inspirational. With our successes and immersion at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School we believe teaching Medical Students about Veteran Population Health is a medical community imperative.”
Warrior Centric Health (WCH) is the first-to-market, vetted, and scalable education company specializing in Veteran Population Health solutions for commercial health care professionals and systems. Named by Forbes as one of the Top 25 Veteran-Founded Start-ups in America, its design equips hospitals, medical personnel and staff with the cultural and clinical skills necessary to improve long-term health outcomes when treating veterans, their families and vulnerable populations. By providing quality education, data science, credentialing, and community outreach, our sustainable and holistic medical neighborhood approach is directly related to successfully meeting plans, goals, and objectives at all levels of a health care facility.