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Health on the Homefront: Addressing the Health Needs of Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans and Their Families

  • 16 Jun 2014
  • 8:00 AM
  • 17 Jun 2014
  • 4:15 PM
  • Hampton Roads Convention Center


  • Includes one-year membership in VAPHA.
  • Complimentary registration for speakers and sponsors.

Registration is closed
Qualifies for 12.5 hours of Social Work credit.


Sponsor and Exhibit Opportunities are Still Available. Click here for details.

We are pleased to invite you to learn, contemplate, deliberate and exchange ideas about military health challenges, strengths and solutions.  The health of our military and their families is vital to the health of the Commonwealth and our country.  Nearly 2.4 million people, or one in four Virginia residents, are active duty military, veterans or family members.

We welcome all with an interest in the health of those who serve or have served their country, - especially military health and behavioral health, primary care, public health, behavioral health professionals, concerned citizens, advocates, educators, policy makers and planners.

The program has tracks on behavioral health, public health, and primary care topics.  We will tackle such pertinent and disparate topics as Force/Fleet Readiness surveillance, suicide prevention, addiction, malaria prevention, survivor assistance, water contamination, and PTSD.  Be prepared to be challenged and inspired.

An impressive line-up of speakers awaits you, including:

  • Ret. Major General Graham, Former Director, U.S. Army Forces Command
  • Mrs. Carol Graham, recipient of the US President’s Call to Service Award
  • Marissa Levine, MD, MPH, Virginia Commissioner of Health
  • Cynthia Romero, MD, Director, EVMS’ M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health, former Commissioner of Health, past President, Medical Society of Virginia
  • Ret. Col. S. Avery Davis, MD, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, member of the Order of Military Medical Merit
  • Stephen Deutsch, MD, PhD, Anne Armistead Robinson Endowed Chair and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Jan Kemp, RN, PhD, National Mental Health Program Director for Suicide Prevention and Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services
  • Harold Kudler, MD, Associate Director of the VA's Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Deployment Mental Health
  • Jane Lewis, PhD, Senior Director of Quality Improvement and Standards, Region Ten Community Services Board
  • Paul Aravich, PhD Eastern Virginia Medical School; former Chair of the Virginia Brain Injury Council; former Chair of the Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board
  • and many more, in nearly thirty sessions.  


Click here for a printable schedule at a glance.

Click here for the detailed session descriptions and speaker biographies.


Click here for a printable registration form or follow the link above to register online now.


Click here for a one-page flyer you can share with other interested individuals.



Continuing Education Credit: The program qualifies for 12.5 hours of continuing education and is qualified for Social Work credit.


Registration fee: $120 for current members of VAPHA, $155 for nonmembers (includes one-year membership in VAPHA), $65 for students. That’s less than $10 per credit! After June 2nd, price increases to $150 for members, $185 for nonmembers and $95 for students.

A limited number of scholarships are available, through grant funding and sponsorship support, to fund the registration of individuals that have limited funds available to attend the program. Scholarship recipients are responsible for any travel costs associated with their attendance at the program. Special consideration will be given to community residents and to applicants who work at smaller organizations, non-profit organizations or organizations with limited professional development budgets as well as students of any health-related discipline.

Hotel information: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads on Coliseum Drive in Hampton at the per diem rate of $83 single/$93 double plus tax. Reservations may be made by calling 757/827-8200 or 1-800-EMBASSY and providing group code “VPH.” The rooms will be released by the hotel on May 30th. After that time, rooms will be available at the group rate on a space available basis.


The Virginia Public Health Association would like to thank the Commonwealth Public Health training Center for their support in developing this program.


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