Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, has launched a new set of training offerings made possible by a competitive $1 million grant award from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. The goal of this partnership is to arm first responders and health care professionals with knowledge to help them identify Veterans who suffer from the invisible wounds of war and to help them overcome the stigma of seeking care.
The “Serving Those Who Have Served: Practical Approaches to Addressing the Invisible Wounds of War in Post-9/11 Service Members and Veterans” courses are all under an hour length, free, online, on-demand and accredited. They cover post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, identification of suicide risk and understanding how the unique Post-9/11 military culture affects care.
“For these trainings, we targeted professionals who may have regular contact with veterans and have the opportunity to help recognize those at risk or in need of services – police, firefighters, EMTs, nurses and rehabilitation professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists,” says Naomi Simon, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Home Base.
The new initiative was announced at a news conference at MGH. In attendance were Veterans, First Responders and leaders from Home Base, Massachusetts General Hospital, the community and the state of Massachusetts. Poignant videos of Veterans sharing their stories were coupled with encouraging remarks from Simon; MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura
Healey; Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco A. Ureña; House Chair for the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs Jerald Parisella; and Director of Veteran Outreach for Home Base Bill Davidson.
“This initiative gives those on the front lines in Massachusetts and across the nation the tools they need to better recognize and overcome barriers to care,” said Healey. “We are pleased to work with Home Base to implement these trainings and inspire first responders to better support Service Members and Veterans in our communities.”
First Responders can access these trainings at homebase.org/firstresponders
Health Professionals can access these trainings at homebase.org/healthprofessionals
To learn more about the educational offerings from Home Base, visit homebase.org/education-training/training-institute/
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Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. As a National Center of Excellence, Home Base operates the largest private-sector clinic in the nation devoted to healing invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, co-occurring substance use disorder, military sexual trauma and family relationship challenges. Since its inception, Home Base has served more than 9,000 Veterans and family members with care and support, trained more than 25,000 clinicians, educators and community members nationally and remains at the forefront of discovering new treatments– ensuring a brighter future for the 21st century warrior and military family. For more information please visit homebase.org