July 11, 2023

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New York State Summit on Peer Mentor Programs for Military Veterans

The New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) and Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) hosted a two-day summit on July 11 and 12, 2023, focused on strengthening, advancing, and expanding peer mentor programs for military veterans.

See below for conference recordings, presentation slides, and transcripts:

Day 1 | Full Recording

Welcome: Maureen Casey, Chief Operating Officer, IVMF
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Opening Remarks: David Sandman, Ph.D., President and CEO, NYHealth
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Keynote Speaker: Assemblymember Pamela Hunter (military veteran)
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Panel 1: Unique Approaches to Providing Peer Services to Veterans
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  • Derek Coy, Senior Program Officer, NYHealth (military veteran) (moderator)
  • James Hendon, Commissioner, New York City Department of Veterans’ Services (military veteran)
  • Laura Heltz, Executive Director, Veterans Outreach Center (military veteran)
  • Kyle Heath, Supervisory Team Operations Coordinator, Peer Support Outreach Center, Veterans Crisis Line (military veteran)

Panel 2: Insight & Perspective from Veteran Peer Mentors & Mentees
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  • Ken Marfilius, L.C.S.W., D.S.W., Assistant Dean of Online and Distance Education, Syracuse University (military veteran) (moderator)
  • Alyssa Carrion, Program Manager of SSG Fox SPGP, Mental Health America of Dutchess County (military veteran)
  • Gloria Dietz, Peer Specialist SSG Fox SPGP, Mental Health America of Dutchess County (military veteran)
  • Michael Green, Peer Mentor, Clear Path for Veterans (military veteran)

Peer Support from Research to Practice | Download transcript

Research Evidence and Policy Considerations | Presentation

VA Transitioning Servicemember/Veteran and Suicide Prevention Center (TASC) | Presentation 

Breaking Through the Stigma | Presentation

Day 2 | Full Recording

Opening Remarks | Download transcript

Workshop 1: Myth Busters! Veterans’ Services: Myth or Reality? | Presentation | Download transcript

Workshop 2: Having and Navigating Tough Conversations for Peer Mentors | Presentation | Download transcript

Workshop 3: Identifying Resources and Building Partnerships (IVMF Community Services Team) | Presentation | Download transcript

Workshop 4: Understanding the Needs of the Community & Deploying Scalable Peer Mentor Programs | Presentation | Download transcript

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