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2018 Symposium

“Operation Deep Dive’ Panel

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Moderator:

Leah Taylor, Program Manager Operation Deep Dive

America’s Warrior Partnership

Panelists:

Karl Hamner, Ph.D., Director Office of Evaluation

College of Education, University of Alabama

Phillip N. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor

University of Southern Alabama

Darnell Hartwell, Deputy Coroner

Berkeley County Coroner’s Office

Jarrad Turner

Combat Media Army 7 years

Director of Warrior Engagement

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‘Operation Deep Dive’

To Examine Veteran

Suicide Causes and Factors

America’s Warrior Partnership and University of Alabama

Partner to Conduct First of its Kind Four-Year Research Initiative

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ABOUT: Leah Taylor Best

Manager, Operation Deep Dive

 

Leah Taylor Best is the Program Manager for Operation Deep Dive, a grant funded research project examining factors and potential causes involved in veteran suicides and early mortality due to self-harm.  In addition, she will serve as the primary liaison and adviser for organizations implementing the Community Integration program.

 

Leah holds a master’s degree in Globalization Studies from McMaster University, Canada.  She is passionate about utilizing her background in social science research, project management, and fund development to serve the warriors who have served her chosen home of the United States.

 

Leah is proud of her grandfather and great uncles who served in the Canadian Army during WWII.

 

Dr. Karl Hamner, Director Office of Evaluation, College of Education, University of Alabama

 

Dr. Hamner has been a social science and health researcher, program development and evaluation consultant, and training specialist for federal, state, county and community-based agencies.

 

He has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation on multi-cultural health and social issues, as well as conducting professional development workshops and trainings on a wide range of topics.

 

Throughout his career, he has written or directed the development of numerous successful grant proposals funded by a wide variety of federal agencies – including the Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration – private and corporate foundations – including The California Endowment, The David & Lucille Packard Foundation, The Mott Foundation, and The Alcoa Foundation, and numerous state, regional and local agencies. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993.

 

Phillip N. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Southern Alabama https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/psychology/faculty/smith.html

 

Darnell Hartwell, Deputy Coroner, Berkeley County Coroner’s Office

https://www.berkeleyind.com/archives/deputy-coroner-trains-in-nyc/article_cf1fc960-991e-5149-a11a-0e750883f337.html

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/faith_and_values/deputy-coroner-sees-young-lives-lost-to-bad-choices/article_44d1b827-355f-51c8-abd6-ae12d22a7af7.html

 

Jarrad Turner

Director of Warrior Engagement

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Watch Sept 6, 2018 Video with Jarrad Turner https://youtu.be/i5cBnOShOBo

 

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‘Operation Deep Dive’ To Examine Veteran Suicide Causes and Factors — America’s Warrior Partnership and University of Alabama Partner to Conduct First-of its-Kind, Four-Year Research Initiative

 

WASHINGTON – December 18, 2017 – America’s Warrior Partnership, University of Alabama researchers and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation have partnered on a four-year research study that will examine the factors and potential causes involved in suicides and early mortality due to self-harm among military veterans.

 

Funded by a $2.9 million grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, as well as additional investment from America’s Warrior Partnership and other in-kind supporters, “Operation Deep Dive” will use unique methodologies that have never before been applied to the research of veteran suicides.

 

The goals of the research study are to identify the risk factors that lead to suicide within veteran communities and help guide the development of programs to prevent and reduce self-harm among veterans. “This research endeavor is the first time that community environments will be incorporated into the research process, giving us a whole new level of insight into potential factors of veteran suicides,” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership and founder of the Community Integration model.

“Studies to date have generalized the indicators of suicide without a focus on the role the community may play. Leveraging our organization’s focus on veterans and the communities in which they live, work and receive support services, combined with University of Alabama’s exceptional research team and unique approach, gives us a broader yet more specific perspective on veteran suicide risk factors.”

 

Operation Deep Dive is innovative in that it will study veterans across the spectrum of service, gender and lifespan. Conducted in two phases, the year-long Phase I will begin with a five-year retrospective investigation of the impact of less-than-honorable discharges on veteran suicides and suspected suicides, as well as the differences in suicide rates between those who received and did not receive support services from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA).

 

“Previous research has focused primarily on individual-level risk factors, like prior suicide attempts, mood disorders, substance abuse and access to lethal means, but suicide is a complex phenomenon and those factors don’t paint the whole picture,” said Dr. David L. Albright, Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health and associate professor in the School of Social Work at The University of Alabama, and co-principal investigator of the study.

 

Phase II will incorporate the findings from Phase I into a three-year study that will include input from medical examiners, mental health experts, veterans and family members to conduct a “sociocultural autopsy” of all new or suspected suicides in America’s Warrior Partnership’s seven affiliate communities.

 

This individualized data and a chronology of the veteran’s last year will be analyzed using a geospacial technique to identify trends, patterns, and indicators of former service members who take their lives. This same deep dive will occur in other communities where Community Integration is not yet active to provide a comparison. The results will explore how community context and engagement with local veterans affect the prevention of suicides.

 

“The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is committed to helping veterans and reducing the suicide rate among all those who have served in our nation’s armed forces,” says John Damonti, president of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.

 

“This project will take a unique approach to better understand what is happening at the community level and develop predictive modeling procedures to identify those at most immediate risk.”

 

Drs. Karl Hamner, director of the Office of Evaluation for the College of Education, and David L. Albright, Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health and associate professor in the School of Social Work, are the principal investigators for University of Alabama on the study.

 

Both Dr. Hamner and Dr. Albright are committee chairs for the Alabama Veterans Network (AlaVetNet), which connects Alabama veterans to resources and services.

 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recently signed Executive Order 712, which tasks the group in helping reduce and eliminate the opioid crisis as well as reducing the high veteran suicide rate.

 

America’s Warrior Partnership’s Community Integration model is active in nine communities across the country and has served more than 37,000 veterans in three years. This model empowers communities through training, mentorship and structure to conduct proactive outreach to veterans by connecting existing resources and providing tools to create stronger collaboration among existing veteran service providers, bridging gaps in service wherever they may exist. The result is a more coordinated approach that holistically serves each veteran’s individual needs, ensuring no one slips through the cracks or does not receive essential support services.

 

About America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives.

 

America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute.

 

For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org .

 

About Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is committed to improving the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious diseases by strengthening healthcare worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and addressing unmet medical need.

 

The Foundation engages partners to develop, execute, evaluate and promote innovative programs to help patients with lung cancer and removing barriers to accessing care in the United States, HIV and comorbid diseases such as cervical and breast cancers and tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa, hepatitis B and C in China and India and veterans’ mental health and well-being in the U.S.

 

For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, visit us at www.BMS.com/Foundation

 

About The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education.

 

UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.

 

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About America’s Warrior Partnershipwww.americaswarriorpartnership.org

 

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Board of Directors and executive leadership of America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to transparency. Our policies and procedures ensure that the organization’s financial and operational practices meet and exceed nonprofit industry standards.

 

Empowering Communities to Empower Veterans

 

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives.

 

America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute.

 

From city to city and town to town across America, there is no one organization or platform in place to ensure each unique veteran is fully and holistically supported. Each city, county and state is different; some are equipped to handle the return of hundreds and thousands of post-service veterans. In most places, however, scattered services are provided by disconnected agencies.

 

America’s Warrior Partnership is the connection that brings local veteran-centric nonprofits together through coordination and collaboration, ensuring consistent information is obtained and relevant services are provided. We attack inefficiency and amplify the work of established nonprofits and government agencies.

 

America’s Warrior Partnership brings the necessary and unifying resources to communities and makes it easier for the men and women who served our nation to lead the lives they deserve.

 

A Solutions Based Organization

 

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION

Warrior Community Integration is an all-out intervention. The program is a force-multiplier to fill the gaps that exist between organizations and to link nonprofits with more warriors who need help.

 

ADVOCACY

America’s Warrior Partnership is a national advocate for Warriors and those who serve them.

 

WARRIORSERVE

An independent software system custom-designed to make helping Warriors more efficient, easy, and impactful.

 

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION SYMPOSIUM

Veteran serving professionals come together from across the nation to share best practices, find creative solutions, and form new collaborative partnerships to better serve the veterans in their communities.

 

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Thank You for the following for making these programs possible

*Army Veteran William Wischnewsky

Owner www.lightninggraphicsga.com

*Colin Clark (Plane Ticket)

*America’s Warrior Partnership

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