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MH-Homeless-VetExpanding Partnerships & Resources To Improve The Lives Of Veterans & Their Family Members
Friday, August 29
8am-4:30pm
New Federal Building, ground floor
90 Seventh Street, San Francisco
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Boyd 415 221-4810 x342, jennifer.boyd@va.gov

 

VA Health CareBring together organizations that serve Veterans, to strengthen partnerships between the VA and the community.
Enhance access to Mental Health and Homeless services for Veterans and their families in San Francisco and northern San Mateo counties.

Agenda:
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Resource Fair

9:00 – 9:45 Welcome and Charge for the Meeting

  • Eduardo “Eddie” Ramirez MPA, MSgt, USAF (Ret) Administrative Officer for Mental Health, San Francisco VA Medical Center | Past President, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commission | President, Golden Gate Chapter120, Air Force Association | Commander, 8th District Council, American Legion | Past Commander, Cesar E. Chavez Post 505, American Legion | Founder of OneVet OneVoice Initiative | Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative | Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival
  • Diana Nicoll MD Chief of Staff, San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Deborah Dacumos, Col., USAF (Ret) Commissioner, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commission
  • Sophia Vinogradov MD Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health, San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Joanne Peters, LCSW Chief, Social Work Service, San Francisco VA Medical Center

9:45-10:00 Veteran Success Story

  • David Fish US Army Veteran

10:00-10:45 Accessing Veteran and Family Resources

  • Eduardo “Eddie” Ramirez MPA, MSgt, USAF (Ret) (see above)
  • Craig Newmark Founder, Craigslist

10:45-11:00 Break/Resource Fair

Hosts

  • Matthew Romanishin Certified Peer Specialist San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Emory Wilson Certified Peer Specialist San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Rodney Roberson Certified Peer Specialist San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • John Wilson Certified Peer Support Technician San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Bruno Clinic

Refreshments

  • Mama Art Cafe mamasf.com

11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Discussions

Families and Caregivers

  • Keith Armstrong LCSW Chief, Mental Health Social Work San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Justine Underhill LCSW University of California San Francisco
  • Scott Maynard LCSW Caregiver Support Program San Francisco VA Medical Center, Downtown Clinic

Peer Support

  • Christine Tam MA Coordinator, Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program
    RAMS
  • Rodney Roberson Certified Peer Specialist, San Francisco VA Medical Center

Housing

  • Miriam Beyer San Francisco VA Medical Center, Downtown Clinic
  • Leon Winston Swords to Plowshares

Employment

  • M. Jake Martin San Francisco VA Medical Center, Downtown Clinic
  • Johnnie Stanton Local Veterans Employment Representative EDD, State of California
  • R. Bruce Goodchild Local Veterans Employment Representative EDD, State of California

Spiritual Care

  • Deborah Dacumos, Col., USAF (Ret) Commissioner, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commission
  • Carolyn Talmadge Chaplain, San Francisco VA Medical Center

Volunteering

  • Daniel Evenhouse LCSW Director of Community-Based Services Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Bruno Clinic
  • Bob Hollis, PhD Vet to Vet

12:00 – 1:00 Box Lunch/Networking in breakout rooms by topic

1:00 – 2:00 Military Cultural CompetenceThe Missing Link in Engaging Veterans & their families.

  • Star Lara Swords to Plowshares
  • Geoff Millard Swords to Plowshares

2:00 – 2:15 Break/Resource Fair Tables

2:15 – 3:45 Reports from Breakout Sessions (20m each) 

  • Main results from session
  • What we can do as partners
  • Best ways to increase the flow of Veterans between VA and community

Discussion and commitments for action Breakout presenters:

  • Sophia Vinogradov MD, Joanne Peters LCSW
  • M. Jake Martin LCSW
  • Deborah Dacumos Col USAF (Ret)
  • Eduardo “Eddie” Ramirez MPA, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

3:45-4:00 Closing

  • Bevan Dufty Supervisor, District 8, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
    Director, HOPE (Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement)

4:00-4:30 Resource Fair and networking time

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Author: veteransmediacentersf

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