The Institute for Military & Veteran Family Wellness serves as a home-base where researchers and community members can work together to develop programs and practices needed by service members, veterans and their family members. The Institute prioritizes ongoing research and evaluation efforts, training in evidence-based practices, program development and program implementation. Our success comes through partnership with local and national providers, researchers, and military and veteran community members who are committed to ensuring that military communities have access to effective care for their mental health and community-based needs.
Areas of Focus
The Institute addresses the unique social support and behavioral health needs faced by military and veteran families by creating a space for researchers, professionals and members of the community to collaborate and inform best practices as they relate to the wellbeing of service members, veterans and their families. We focus our work in three key areas:
- Research that addresses the mental health and social support needs of service members, veterans and their families.
- Training & Graduate Education of students and professionals in evidence-based practices, innovative approaches and culturally relevant techniques to increase competency when serving military and veteran families.
- Community Engagement that ensures all stakeholders are involved so that the voices of service providers, researchers and veteran and military communities inform our work.
Model of Work
The Institute collaborates with community partners to develop, implement and support community programs that serve military, veterans, spouses and families. We prioritize programs that offer supportive programming to military and veteran couples and military and veteran spouses so that an array of options are available for the whole family. The Institute follows a cycle of program development, evaluation and dissemination to ensure families can access effective care options.