Subject matter experts from the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will speak during The Society of Federal Health Professionals (also known as AMSUS) annual meeting Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Dr. Richard Stoltz, deputy director of DCoE, will present during the psychological health track. Stoltz will lead a discussion on dissociation, posttraumatic stress disorder and healing. It’s important for DCoE to participate in this event, which includes all military services and a broader audience, he said.
During the four-day event federal providers will share accomplishments and strategies for improving health care. It’s key for DCoE staff to learn from presenters and patients, Stoltz said.
“I want to share about the progress we’ve made in the prevention and advancements in treatment for people who have psychological health and traumatic brain injury concerns,” Stoltz said.
DCoE staff is excited to educate other agencies and providers at the meeting about what the organization offers. DCoE has resources and programs to help clinicians treat service members with psychological health concerns or traumatic brain injury.
“We want to make health care providers aware of how we help service members,” said George Lamb, DCoE Outreach chief. Lamb will explain the inTransition program, which helps service members maintain continuity of mental health treatment during times of transitions.
Other DCoE staff members presenting at AMSUS and their topics include:
- Deployment Health Clinical Center Deputy Director Kate McGraw: Overview of women’s psychological health issues
- Army Maj. Demietrice Pittman and U.S. Public Health Service Cmdr. Angela Williams: Screening, brief invention and referral to treatment process in the Defense Department
- U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Evette Pinder and Mark Bates: Description of a comprehensive framework to guide help-seeking interventions and initiatives
- Daniel Evatt and Bradley Belsher: The effect of centralized care coordination on treatment continuity and quality