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Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Joins Forces with First Lady Michelle Obama to Combat PTSD and TBI

January 13, 2012

Media Contact: Carole Trottere
                            516-463-7585
 
Hempstead, NY -  This week, as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) committed to creating a new generation of doctors, medical schools, and research facilities that will make sure our heroes receive the care worthy of their service. Recognizing veterans and their families’ sacrifice and commitment, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine pledged to mobilize its uniquely integrated missions in education, research, and clinical care to train the nation’s physicians to meet veterans and their families’ unique health care needs, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
 
 “We are honored to participate in the White House Joining Forces initiative to address the health care needs of military service members and veterans and their families,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith, Founding Dean of the medical school. “Since 2006, North Shore-LIJ has served military personnel and their families, including young children, through its Rosen Family Wellness Center for Law Enforcement and Military Personnel and Their Families, as well as other veterans-related services.  As a result, the health system has extensive experience diagnosing and treating military service members and their families with behavioral health issues. This commitment to veterans carries over to our medical school and our curriculum.”
 
“I’m inspired to see our nation’s medical schools step up to address this pressing need for our veterans and military families.  By directing some of our brightest minds, our most cutting-edge research, and our finest teaching institutions toward our military families, they’re ensuring that those who have served our country receive the first-rate care that they have earned,” says First Lady Michelle Obama.
 
Together, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine the AAMC and AACOM are committing to enriching medical education along its continuum to ensure that physicians are aware of the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for this group; develop new research and clinical trials on PTSD and TBI so that we can better understand and treat these conditions; share their information and best practices with each other through a collaborative web forum created by the AAMC; and grow the body of knowledge leading to improvements in health care and wellness for our military service members, veterans, and their families.
 
The North Shore-LIJ Health System has received a matching grant of $300,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support a behavioral health center for military veterans and their families in Bay Shore. Working in collaboration with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its Northport Medical Center, the program will ensure that service members, especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, receive high-quality mental health services for themselves, their spouses and children under one roof. 
 
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden created Joining Forces to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military families as they serve our country and throughout their lives. The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure veterans and military families have the support they have earned. The initiative focuses on key priority areas – employment, education, and wellness while raising awareness about the service, sacrifice, and needs of America’s veterans and military families. More information is available at: www.JoiningForces.gov and http://www.northshorelij.com/rosen.
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