Integrative health care and U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families
As part of a commitment to expanding research and resources on health issues that affect our military, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hosted a series of events on integrative health and U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families.
The 2017 spring event schedule included lectures at NIH as well as Facebook Live events:
March 27, 2017
Presentation, “Promoting Resilience in Military Families: After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools” by Dr. Abigail Gewirtz
About the Presentation: The After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) program is the first of its kind focused on post-deployment parenting practices in military families. Developed in response to the effects of a parent’s deployment on children, the ADAPT program incorporates emotion socialization techniques including yoga, mindfulness meditation, and emotion coaching. Dr. Gewirtz will share the rationale for incorporating mindfulness approaches into a parenting program, walk through the goals and content of the ADAPT program’s different formats and discuss two NIH-funded randomized trials evaluating program outcomes.
About the Speaker: Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., L.P., director of the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health and the John and Nancy Lindahl Leadership Professor in the Department of Family Social Science and Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.
April 10, 2017
Presentation, “Pain and Opioid Management in Veterans: Evidence, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions in the Use of Collaborative and Integrated Care Approaches” by Dr. Karen Seal
About the Presentation: The overall goal of the OPTI study (Options for Pain Treatment Interventions) is to pilot test a novel collaborative care intervention to improve pain, opioid safety, and use of nonpharmacologic pain management strategies in veterans in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care. Dr. Seal will discuss the ongoing pilot randomized controlled trial among 100 veterans in VA primary care with chronic pain and high-risk prescription opioid use. She will focus on a scripted primary care-based intervention that involves the use of Shared Decision-Making and “SMART” goal planning to develop a multi-modal Pain Care Plan that aligns with veterans’ personal values and goals for health and wellness. Dr. Seal will also explore how this trial and other similar studies are laying the groundwork for a generation of new research investigating biopsychosocial, nonpharmacologic care for veterans with chronic pain.
About the Speaker: Karen Seal, M.D., M.P.H., professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and director of the Integrated Pain Team and the Integrated Care Clinic for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
April 25, 2017
Facebook Live Q&A Session on “Mind and Body Approaches and Military Personnel and Their Families” with Dr. Eric Schoomaker and Dr. Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier
About the Q&A: Drs. Schoomaker and Buckenmaier will discuss mind and body approaches, such as meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques for pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and insomnia in the military population.
About the Speakers: Both from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Schoomaker, M.D., Ph.D., former U.S. Army Lieutenant General who served as the 42nd Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Commanding General, is professor and vice-chair for leadership, centers and programs and Chester Buckenmaier, III, M.D., Colonel, U.S. Army (retired), is professor, program director, and principal investigator at the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management.