2013 Military Workshops

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Becoming a Leader in Your Community / Thursday, April 4, 2013, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Moderator Dr. Judi Kosterman
Senior Vice President, WestCare Foundation
Presenters Fred Wells Brason II
CEO, Project Lazarus
Lt. Col. Dr. Anthony Dragovich
Chief of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Services, Womack Army Medical Center
Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead (ret.)
CEO, Steadfast Leadership
Description The United States Army is taking action to help wounded soldiers avoid the added crisis of a prescription drug addiction. Alternative treatment options are now being employed to help veterans getting back from the field with the help of new programs and technologies developed to improve function without the use of opioids. In this session, we will discuss many of these alternative treatment options, as well as hear first-hand from a soldier who was able to end her use of prescription medication through a holistic, whole-food nutrition-based approach.

Community coalition groups provide a unique opportunity to interact and assist returning soldiers and veterans who struggle with prescription drug abuse. Learning how to cultivate these partnerships is key to making an impact in the community. In this session, you will hear how Project Lazarus has undertaken the responsibility to join with the military to help affected soldiers and veterans in their fight against prescription drug abuse.

Learning Objectives 1. Outline available treatments offering pain therapy without the use of addictive medications.
2. Describe whole-food-nutrition-based approaches to treating pain.
3. Investigate the integration of partnerships across the Department of Defense and civilian medicine.
Lessons Learned from the U.S. Army’s Pain Management Task Force / Thursday, April 4, 2013, 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Moderator Col. Kevin Galloway
Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Pain Management Task Force
Presenter Dr. Robert Kerns
Director, PRIME Center, National Program Director for Pain Management, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Professor, Yale University
Description New approaches to pain management are currently underway thanks to the U.S. Military’s Pain Management Task Force. Best practices from the Task Force emerged with focuses on replacing pain medication with alternative remedies such as acupuncture, along with teaching soldiers coping mechanisms for pain. In this session, we will discuss many of those remedies and provide an overview for how they can be implemented in your community.
Learning Objectives 1. Tell an overview of Pain Management Task Force.
2. Outline similarities and differences with pain management challenges facing Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration.
3. Identify best practices of pain management alternatives from the Pain Management Task Force.
Beyond Medications: Military Medicine’s Expansion of Pain Management Treatment Options / Thursday, April 4, 2013, 11:00 am – Noon
Moderator Col. Kevin Galloway
Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Pain Management Task Force
Presenter Col. Richard Petri
Director, Department of Defense’s Center for Integrative Medicine and the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center, William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Description The Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration are facing unique challenges to pain management tactics that are not always easy to solve. Through the use of the U.S. Army Pain Management Task Force, new initiatives are underway to overcome limitations and bring about new approaches to medicine. In this session, you will hear many treatment options that are being utilized in the U.S. Military and learn how to apply them in civilian medicine.
Learning Objectives 1. Outline strategies to provide community level support to soldiers and their families struggling with prescription pain addiction.
2. Plan how to establish a support group for spouses and children of military families.
3. Identify ways to leverage partnerships to impact your community.