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January-February 2018

Team Connect Finds Their VA Voices

VA Voices is an immersion experience developed by the National Office of Patient Centered Care. Participants gain a better understanding of our shared mission as VA employees, the importance of communication in relationships and how our relationships affect patient care. VA Voices is open to all VA employees at all levels of service and/or experience.

VEC Welcomes a Treasure

Adrienne Fennell (Treasure), member of the CINDRR Veteran Engagement Council (VEC) served in the United States Army during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as base support at Fort Irwin in California and then served in the National Guard. Ms. Fennell’s father was a Vietnam Veteran who raised her and her siblings...

Growing Veterans, A Community Partnership

Chris Brown founded the Washington state nonprofit Growing Veterans in 2013 while earning a master's degree in social work at Western Washington University. He thought that helping other Veterans connect to the land while learning a marketable skill might be beneficial to the Veterans and their community. Karen Besterman-Dahan, CINDRR Tampa investigator, has been a collaborator and an advocate for growing community partnerships that help Veterans.

Tampa Investigator Receives Patent for Prosthesis and Orthosis Slip Detection Sensor

Matthew Wernke, Samuel Phillips, Derek Lura, Stephanie Carey, and Rajiv Dubey have received a patent for their invention that measures prosthetic or orthotic slip.

Veterans Connect with Art in Gainesville and Tampa

The Rural Veterans Telerehabilitation Initiative Creative Arts Therapy Initiative (RVTRI CAT), CINDRR, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS), and the VA Office of Rural Health (ORH) to bring creative arts therapy to Veterans. Muscians, writers, dancers, and artists...

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