Jonas Nursing & Veterans Healthcare To Host Its First Virtual Conference: Mission Homefront: Translating Research into Practice in Veterans Healthcare

New York, NY  (September 24, 2020) — In keeping with its commitment to improving veterans healthcare, Jonas Philanthropies has announced  its first-ever virtual conference: Mission Homefront: Translating Research into Practice in Veterans Healthcare.

Taking place October 16, 2020, this free and open to the public day-long symposium hosted by Jonas Philanthropies’ signature program, Jonas Nursing & Veterans Healthcare, will digitally unite leading experts in medical, psychological, and environmental care, along with clinicians, influential educators, and Jonas Scholars to arm private sector healthcare professionals with the tools and knowledge needed to best care for veterans.

“The passing of last year’s MISSION Act, which expanded veteran provider options beyond VA facilities and into the private sector, truly changed our country’s approach to veteran healthcare. This conference will delve into the latest research and practice to help close the learning gap for nurses serving the veteran population, and help private medical care offices provide workforce development for their clinical nursing team who will be seeing veterans in their care,” said John Jonas, Vice President, Jonas Philanthropies.

 “Veterans have unique health needs spanning psychological and physical trauma, permanent injuries, and the effects of environmental exposure. As they begin to look to the private sector for care, it is now more important than ever that healthcare professionals understand the different approaches required to best screen for conditions and treat veterans, and Jonas Nursing & Veterans Healthcare is committed to leading the way,” said Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Interim Executive Director and Columbia School of Nursing Associate Dean.

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  • WHAT:   Mission Homefront: Translating Research into Practice in Veterans Healthcare
  • WHEN:   Friday, October 16, 2020; from 10 AM – 4 PM EST
  • REGISTRATION:    Free and open to the public; click here to register
  • Continuing Nursing Education Credits available


  • Setting the Stage for Successful Community Care of Veterans

Featuring: Derek Coy, Veterans Health Program Officer, NYS Health Foundation.

  • Understanding Military Culture
    Featuring: Yuval Neria, PhD, Director, PTSD Research and Treatment Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Alicia Gill Rossiter, DNP, FNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN; Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force Reserves Nurse Corps; Program Director, Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program; Military Liaison, University of South Florida College of Nursing
  • Identifying and Caring for Veterans and Military Families in Private Healthcare Settings

Featuring: Kathy Rugen, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago speaking on How to Conduct a Military Health History; Alicia Gill Rossiter, DNP, FNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN speaking on Assessing Children in Military Families

  • Veterans and Vision Health
    Featuring: Kathleen M. Capitulo, PhD, RN, FAAN, IIW James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY, Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive; Lynda Olender, PhD, RN, ANP, NEA-BC CUNY Hunter, Distinguished Lecturer, Coordinator, Nursing Administration/Urban Policy and Leadership Program
  • Common Environmental Health Exposures Faced by Veterans and Their Families

Featuring: Laura Anderko PhD RN, Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care; Professor; Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Social Justice; White House Champion of Change for Public Health and Climate Change; Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (Region 3 PEHSU).

  • The Opioid Epidemic and its Effects on the Veterans Community

Featuring: Karen A Scott, MD, MPH, President, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts

  • Reimagine End of Life

Featuring: Jeannie Blaustein, PhD, Ministry, Adjunct Faculty, Pace University Psychology Department, Founding Board Chair, Reimagine End of Life; Dr. Gross, MD, PhD, hematologist and palliative care physician at UCSF dedicated to transforming end of life conversations

  • Trauma-informed Identification, Assessment of Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma

Featuring: Kayla M. Williams, Senior Fellow; Director, Military, Veterans; Society Program, Center for a New American Security

“Jonas Philanthropies is thrilled to virtually gather these knowledgable members of the military and healthcare community,” said Lendri Purcell, Vice President, Jonas Philanthropies. “Together, we can spark ideas and share learnings that help us better serve our nation’s veterans, who so bravely served us.”

About Jonas Philanthropies

Jonas Philanthropies is transforming our communities for the better by investing where it matters most, in solutions that can be scaled for the greatest impact. Its programs address high-need issues and audiences with high-impact solutions: promoting leadership in nursing and veterans healthcare, supporting ophthalmology and vision health, protecting our children’s environmental health, and taking care of our climate. For more information about Jonas Philanthropies, visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or like us on Facebook and LinkedIn.  Add any other social channels here?

About Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (JNVH) is the signature program of Jonas Philanthropies. In partnership with schools across the country, Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare identifies, provides scholarship support, and invests in high-potential doctoral nursing Scholars who will address our nation’s most pressing healthcare needs. These nurses will go on to fill leadership roles as faculty, clinical leaders and researchers. For more information about JNVH, visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or like us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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