Strengthening Social Connectedness Among Veterans: A Webinar

Social connectedness plays an important role in the health and well-being of veterans. From physical health and wellness to mental health issues like depression, PTSD or suicide, providing strong social support is a demonstrated way to improve outcomes across the board. However, despite the evidence, very few programs exist specifically to measure and strengthen social connectedness among veterans.

In our May Strengthening Social Connectedness webinar we spoke with several leaders in the field of veteran services, mental health, and community support. They shared their experiences working with veterans and demonstrated firsthand the importance of social connectedness for this unique population. They also provided advice and ideas related to strengthening social connectedness among veterans. Our goal is to share actionable ideas and insight you can apply to your work and help scale your impact.

Meet our Webinar Speakers!

Studio portrait of Dr. Bryann DeBeer VISN 17 Center of Excellence, taken at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple, TX, on Friday, March 14, 2014.  VA Photo by Brian Gavin.

Dr. Bryann Debeer

Director of the VA Patient Safety Center of Inquiry – Suicide Prevention Collaborative,

Daniel Descieux

Daniel Descieux

U.S. Army Veteran (Operation Enduring Freedom 2010 – 2014)

Evan Owens


Co-Founder and Executive Director of REBOOT Recovery

Shaquanna Riley

Shaquanna Riley

Associate Director, Combat Female Veterans Families United

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The Center on Network Science is an active hub of network research, evaluation, and education and is dedicated to serving as a resource for communities, organizations, faculty, staff, and, students. Our goal is to build knowledge, skills, and tools for network leaders and managers to be able to use data to understand their networks, inform decisions, and improve collaboration. 

Visible Network Labs is a team of network scientists, developers, data analysts, evaluators and technologists working together with a shared mission: building society’s capacity to transform and strengthen social connectedness at all levels of life. We focus on creating new tools, training and services that make network science and analysis accessible to those who need it most.

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Every month at VNL, we invite one of our staff or community partners to present on network leadership topic they specialize in. We cover a broad range of areas, from building new networks and partnerships, managing them strategically, and evaluating collaboration to demonstrate impact and improve over time. If you are interested in presenting at a Network Leader Webinar in the future, please contact our team to discuss your ideas in greater depth.