Highlights from our 3rd Annual Veterans Day Celebration
Veterans in the Labor Market: Readiness-> Recruitment-> Retainment was the CVC’s 3rd Annual Veterans Day event, hosted in November, 2020. This half-day event was offered virtually, which allowed us to reach a national (and global) audience of approximately 250 people. The event focused on the experiences of Veterans in the labor market and highlighted talks from over 20 speakers, including UIUC Chancellor Robert Jones, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs Director Linda Chapa LaVia, U.S. Dept. of Labor Assistant Secretary John Lowry, representatives from Boeing and Uber, and nationally renowned Veteran speaker and activist, Jas Boothe. The event was organized around a data reveal for a national, comprehensive applied research study the CVC completed with the UIUC School of Labor and Employment Relations and a national Veteran Service Organization, Jobpath. Outcomes of the event include an applied research report published with the Project for Middle Class Renewal and partnership with state and national government agencies that serve Veterans. Further details about the November 2020 event can be found here.
Research Chat Series - Spring Semester
The MSKC Research Chat Series includes short research and Q&A talks throughout the academic year. These talks are designed to disseminate knowledge back into our Military/Veteran communities and provides researchers and opportunity to both share they work and engage potential participants. Register here for our spring talks. If you are a researcher interested in presenting in this series, please contact Natalie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSKC Generates Collaboration for Grant-Funded Project on Military Sexual Trauma
KCH Assistant Professor Robyn Gobin will be serving as the principal investigator on a project titled, Rising Up: Engaging Women Veterans in Mental Health Research on Military Sexual Trauma. This project is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for $249,998. The objective of this project is to enhance women MST survivors’ engagement in mental health patient-centered outcomes research and empower them to be equitable partners in the research process. Gobin is collaborating with Chez Veterans Center Assistant Director for Research Engagement and Educational Programming Jeni Hunniecutt, Department of Communication Professor Leanne Knobloch, and Illinois Fire Service Institute Research Scientist Terri von Thaden. They are partnering with Smart Policy Works, a Chicago-based community organization that collaborates with stakeholder communities to respond to the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, with special expertise in veterans’ issues.
Call for Publications on Military/Veteran Research
The MSKC is built on partnerships with Military/Veteran communities. This allows us to ensure we are researching topics that are aligned with community needs. We research with, not for Veterans. This framework means disseminating research back into Military/Veteran communities is essential to ensure partnerships are reciprocal and the research is impactful. To do this, we are generating a database of published research from MSKC members, that we will make available on the Chez Veterans Center's website. This database will highlight the work of our brilliant Illinois researchers and make it easier for community stakeholders to find important research on topics most impacting them. If you would like us to include your work in this database, please send digital copies of your published work to email@example.com.
IHSI DoD Grant Writing Workshop
The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (IHSI) invites research faculty and professionals to attend the inaugural Department of Defense (DoD) Grant Seeking Workshop. This workshop has been separated into three 90-minute weekly segments from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2021, to make it easier for you to attend and learn more about seeking DoD funding. The DoD Grant Seeking Workshop aims to help health sciences researchers identify new funding opportunities and better understand the unique requirements and considerations for submitting a strong DoD proposal. This three-session event will include a comprehensive introduction to DoD, details about the application and review process, a panel of experienced DoD faculty and consumer reviewers, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Rajesh Naik, Chief Scientist for the Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing. Register here.
Join the MSKC Facebook Group
We recently created a new Facebook group for the MSKC to make research engagement more accessible to our military-connected communities both locally and nationally. This is one place we will disseminate information about current studies and how to get engaged. We invite you to join and share the group with others!