Protecting Veterans’ Health

Conference draws regional and national experts on veteran care

Helping physicians understand the health care needs of veterans was the focus of the West Texas Regional Veterans Health Conference hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso last week.

The daylong conference, held off campus March 6 at the Radisson Hotel El Paso, was an opportunity to learn from regional and national leaders about veterans’ health issues. Joshua Holm, a combat veteran and founder of the charitable organization Steel Hope, made the keynote address, speaking about the health impact of combat and how civilian health care providers can best support veterans in need of care.

Joshua Holm, a combat veteran and founder of the charitable organization Steel Hope, was the conference's keynote speaker.

Joshua Holm, a combat veteran and founder of the charitable organization Steel Hope, was the conference’s keynote speaker.

The conference was a collaborative effort between the TTUHSC School of Nursing, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, TTUHSC El Paso’s Office of Continuing Medical Education and Desert Mountain Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

TTUHSC El Paso president Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., gave opening remarks at the conference. Deborah Sikes, D.N.P., R.N., Veteran to BSN director at the TTUHSC School of Nursing in Lubbock and conference planning committee co-chair, said she was pleased by the large turnout.

“We were really able to provide this region’s health care providers good information about best practices for taking care of our veteran population,” Sikes said.