Thanking our veterans

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We wanted to send a big thank you to our military Veterans and those within our Institute that have served. We appreciate their service to this country and also their hard work in occupational health science research to improve the safety, health and well-being of working Oregonians and beyond. At our institute, we have Veterans on our research teams, such as U.S. Army Veteran, Dr. Krista Brockwood.

Dr. Krista Brockwood, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate and Project Manager in the Hammer Lab oversees federally-funded grants from the Department of Defense. Dr. Brockwood received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology & Systems Science from Portland State University. She is a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army from 1988-1992 in Military Intelligence as a Signals Specialist/Cryptologic German Linguist.

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Over the years, our Institute researchers in the Hammer Lab have received funding from the Department of Defense to study and develop workplace safety, health and well-being training programs for the military and Veterans. These evidence-based training programs help teach supervisors specific ways how to support Veterans reintegrating into the civilian workforce, improve military sleep and overall health in service members, as well as teach junior Army leaders new ways to protect and enhance the mental health, resilience, and readiness of their soldiers. Each of these studies are joint projects with Portland State University’s, Dr. Cynthia Mohr.

  • The Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST) from the Study for Employment Retention of Veterans (SERVe) aims to increase the retention of veteran employees within organizations and improving the health and well-being of veterans and their families. The VSST supervisor training is available for free and takes 1.5 hours to complete. The online training includes demographic and cultural information about how the military has changed in the last 20 years, explains federal laws that protect veterans and includes additional resources. The VSST can be added to an employers’ Learning Management Systems (LMS), along with behavior tracking exercises that help supervisors practice what they learned in the training. Access a summary of the SERVe training through a 14-min training video created in partnership with PsychArmor.
  • The Oregon MESH Study is a Department of Defense-funded collaboration between OHSU, Colorado State University and Portland State University. With the support of the Oregon National Guard, this study has tackled issues of sleep-related health and work-life stress among full-time National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their families. The goal of the Oregon MESH Study is to improve the health and well-being of full-time military Service Members in the Oregon National Guard by providing their supervisors with the skills to positively impact their workplace climate, as well as to provide individuals information on their sleep health and ways to potentially improve.
  • The Readiness Supportive Training for Leaders (RESULT) study is currently in progress and targets junior leaders in active duty U.S. Army, teaching them ways to support the soldiers in the platoon and build resilience. The training program is expected to have a positive impact on Soldier readiness and resilience, psychological health, team cohesion and reduced loneliness. This research is designed to benefit not only U.S. Army soldiers but across all military branches, as well as first-responders and other civilian occupations that face highly stressful situations as part of their work. Read more about the project on the Oregon and the Workplace blog.

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