Jonas Center Fall 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue

Jonas Center Rallies Support for Homeless American Heroes




Meet the New Jonas Scholar Cohort

Our Veterans

Need Our Help

Recognizing the tremendous commitment and sacrifices our veterans have made to serve our country, the Jonas Center is committed to do our part to support improved healthcare for this population.

The goal of the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program is to educate nurses in the special healthcare needs of our veterans to get our wounded heroes healthy and back on their feet.

Please join us in our efforts to strengthen veterans’ healthcare today.


Save the Date!


Jonas Center Golf Classic To Benefit Veterans


Join us on June 4th, 2015 for a day of golf at the Stanwich Club in Greenwich, CT to benefit the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which provides funding and support for the nurses who are at the forefront of progress in advancing the care provided to our wounded heroes.

Please contact Garwood Events

for more information:


Not a golfer but still want to do your part to help the men and women who have served our country get healthy and back on their feet? You can make a 100% tax-deductible donation

on our  website.


U.S. Must Do More To Reduce Homelessness Among Female Veterans


Check out this Op-ed piece that appeared in The Los Angeles Times on October 15, 2014, written by Darlene Curley, Executive Director, Jonas Center and Retired Brig. Gen. Bill Bester, Jonas Center Senior Advisor:

About the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

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Fall 2014


Legacy Fund in Honor of Mr. Jonas Raises Funds to Support New Doctoral Nurse Scholarsg


(Left to Right): Dr. Deborah E. Trautman, CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); Mr. Donald Jonas, Co-founder, Jonas Center; Dr. Eileen Breslin, President, AACN.

In honor of Mr. Jonas on his 85th birthday and to recognize his work as a tireless advocate for nurses, the Jonas Center created the Legacy Fund, which has thus far raised enough to support 13 doctoral nursing scholarships beginning in 2016. These Jonas Scholars will have a special distinction as “Donald Jonas Legacy Fellows” and will focus their research on topics that have a particular interest to Mr. Jonas.

This surprise gift was presented to Mr. Jonas at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Fall Semiannual Meeting on Monday, October 27, 2014 and he was deeply moved by the generosity of the nursing community -nearly $130,000 to date-by more than 50 universities and partners, over 60 individual donors and nearly 100 Jonas Scholars. On behalf of Mr. Jonas, all of us here at the Jonas Center extend our sincere thank you to the contributors for their shared belief in our mission to improve our nation’s healthcare through Nursing.

We are pleased to share that, due to continued interest, donations to the Legacy Fund will be accepted through December 2014. Please contact the Jonas Center if you are interested in making a contribution in honor of Mr. Jonas.

Read more about the Legacy Fund.Two


Jonas Center Rallies Support for Homeless American Heroes


(Left to Right): Dr. Louis Sullivan, Jonas Center Advisory Board Member; Darlene Curley, Executive Director, Jonas Center; Ginger Miller; Dr. Jonathan Sherin; Debbian Fletcher-Blake; Norah O’Donnell; Lisa Pape; Donald and Barbara Jonas, Founders, Jonas Center; and Dr. Carl Castro.

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, the Jonas Center convened a National Conversation on Ending Homelessness for Female Veterans. The discussion featured moderator Norah O’Donnell, co-host of “CBS This Morning”, and a panel of national experts: Carl Castro, PhD, Assistant Professor & Director of Research, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, USC; Debbian Fletcher-Blake, APRN, FNP, Assistant Executive Director, Care for the Homeless, NYC; Ginger Miller, Founder and CEO, Women Veterans Interactive; Lisa M. Pape, MSSA, LISW, Executive Director, VHA Homeless Programs Office; and Jonathan E. Sherin, MD, PhD, Executive VP for Military Communities and Chief Medical Officer, Volunteers of America.


The event proved to be a great success and the panel discussion generated the discourse necessary to dissect the complex factors associated with homelessness among female veterans. The diverse expertise of the panelists demonstrated the ways in which various sectors can come together to create synergistic solutions to affect change in our country. The Jonas Center plans to develop a Call to Action to end homelessness for our nation’s female veterans. The Call to Action will make recommendations for policy development, broadening of available community resources, prevention programs, and the role that philanthropy can play in addressing this critical national issue. We look forward to sharing this document with you later this year.Three


Jonas Center Partners with NYU to Create Barbara Jonas Psychiatric-Mental Health Scholars Program


On September 19, 2014, The Jonas Center for

Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (Jonas Center) announced the Barbara Jonas Psychiatric-Mental Health Scholars Program, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will support 20 PhD and DNP candidates at New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) through 2018. The program is named for Jonas Center co-founder Barbara Jonas, a former psychotherapist and lifelong mental health advocate.

Three scholars have been selected as the first of the cohort. Their work will focus on such issues as stress reduction, PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric areas in need of better research and interventions.

Read more about the partnership.Four

Jonas Center Receives ASU’s Dream-Discover-Deliver Award

Darlene Curley, Executive Director, Jonas Center (center) with Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholars at ASU: Hannah Farfour (left) and Tanie Sherman (right).

On October 30th, 2014, the Jonas Center was presented with Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation (ASU)’s The Dream-Discover-Deliver Philanthropy Award. The Jonas Center was honored for its dedication and contributions to ASU and the field of health and health care.

The 7th Annual Dream-Discover-Deliver Awards event was a celebration that brought together health leaders, community advocates, faculty and staff, current ASU students and alumni who all share the common goal of advancing health care through nursing.

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Meet the New Jonas Scholar Cohort

The Jonas Center welcomed the 2014-2016 cohort of Jonas Scholars this fall as our fourth and largest cohort to date. The cohort is made up of 338 Scholars at 125 schools in all 50 states, plus Washington, DC.

This fourth cohort of Jonas Scholars includes 219 Nurse Leader Scholars, comprised of 148 PhD students and 71 DNP students, who will fill roles as nursing faculty and researchers across the country.

The Jonas Veterans Healthcare program now includes 119 Veterans Healthcare Scholars, comprised of 48 PhD and 71 DNP Scholars, who will focus on veterans’ healthcare needs in their research or practice.

Founded in 2008 with just six students in the New York City area, by 2012 the Jonas Nurse Scholars Program has grown to encompass students in all 50 states. Today, the program comprises more than 600 Jonas Scholars at 125 schools nationwide, well on our way to reach our goal to support 1,000 Scholars by 2016!

Read more about the new cohort of Jonas Nurse Leader and Veterans Healthcare Scholars.

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