Although the Peak Military Care Network officially launched recently, our work to identify the challenges confronting our military community and to develop solutions began more than two years ago. In collaboration with the region’s providers, policymakers and other experts, we produced an Assessment Report that serves as a blueprint for positive change. We also launched the Network of Care website, an online tool that offers a one-stop source of information, referrals and much more.
So, what’s next? We are developing a pilot program, in collaboration with some of the region’s key service providers, to evaluate how best to structure the next phase of the Peak Military Care Network operation. This pilot program will evaluate, among other things, training programs for agencies for holistic support for service members, veterans and families and mechanisms to facilitate seamless access to services and resources. Ultimately, the goal of the pilot program is to provide our military and veteran community with a system-tested network that provides the highest standards of care and support possible. In about six months, we will report back on what we’ve learned, and where we are going next, so stay tuned.
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On December 13, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that it has awarded the Peak Military Care Network (PMCN), a PPACG initiative, a $195,000 grant. According to a statement by the foundation, PMCN is among 18 coalitions across the United States that have been awarded funds as part of their $3.6 million Roadmaps to Health Community Grants. PMCN is the only Colorado organization honored with the award this year and was chosen from a pool of more than 400 applicants nationwide. In response to the announcement, Major General Wes Clark, interim PMCN Advisory Board Chair, said, “This funding will enable us to provide a new level of coordinated care and support for the men and women who have served us so well.”