Joining Forces: The UB Partnership for Excellence in Veteran Care

Working together to improve veteran care

In response to the call for proposals for the University at Buffalo’s “E” Fund, the Schools of Nursing (SON) and Social Work (SSW) propose a partnership to synergistically join the teaching and research portfolios of key faculty in each school, bringing together each school’s respective core clinical and research strengths related to traumatic stress, drug and alcohol abuse/dependence, and associated health conditions/symptoms and psychosocial concerns to provide excellence in training and service delivery for health care providers serving Veterans in our region.The impetus for this proposal is the national initiative, “Joining Forces,” launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in 2010 to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members, Veterans, and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. The nursing community, including the University at Buffalo (UB) SON, and the National Association of Social Workers have both pledged to support Joining Forces. The project proposed in this application brings Joining Forces to UB by capitalizing on the strengths and resources of the SON and SSW in partnership with the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS). The specific aims of this project are to:

  1. Establish the UB Partnership for Excellence in Veteran Care (UBPEVC),
  2. Develop a comprehensive Veteran Care educational program for nursing and social work students at UB
  3. Build a portfolio of interdisciplinary research and funding to sustain UBPEVC research and training objectives.

This project maximizes success for three critical metrics:

  1. Enhancing the reputation and ranking of UB
  2. Establishing value-based partnerships aligned with UB and unit strategic plans
  3. Demonstrating sustainability beyond the initial launch with strong revenue potential.