While military personnel might score highly on positive determinants of health such as physical fitness, physical activity, and body mass index, there also are service-related psychosocial factors and experiences that can impact health outcomes.
Compared to civilian populations, veterans and National Guard/Reserve personnel experience higher incidences of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, while active-duty military members are more likely to report smoking and heavy alcohol consumption.
At this year’s The Commander Lura Jane Emery Lecture on April 26, retired Brig. Gen. William T. Bester, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, will discuss how military service represents a determinant of health, the importance of educating health professionals on veteran-specific care, and how best to identify the veteran population. Bester is senior advisor to the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.
Interested in attending? Click on this link to register. Here are the details:
- What: The Commander Lura Jane Emery Lecture: Military Service as a Determinant of Health
- Date: Thursday, April 26
- Time: 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
- Where: University of Maryland School of Nursing Auditorium, Room 130
- Note: Lecture and reception provided at no cost
- Continuing education: $20