Who are you and what do you do? Tell us a little about your organization.
My name is Dan Joiner and I am the Director of Community Engagement at UnityPoint Health. My responsibilities include doing an assessment every three years of public health in the quad cities which always includes a specific action plan and a special focus on military engagement.
How/Why did you get involved in veterans’ issues?
I heard of a veteran that had actively sought out help for mental health but still ended up taking his own life. Since then, we established our military advisory committee to make sure that no veterans slip through the cracks. We started partnering with veteran serving organizations on our public health initiatives. We started doing a specific SWOT analysis for veterans issues and made a commitment to make veterans aware of the resources that are available to them.
What are some of the challenges veterans you serve face?
It can be difficult for veterans to access the services that they are entitled to, especially when that is not made aware of those opportunities. Our approach to addressing this problem is healthcare-focused. We offer support groups to help veterans get what they need in a community of their peers. Our Robert Young Center which focuses specifically on behavioral health is a great resource to veterans. We make providing immediate help with a specific priority.
Tell us about a success story from your organization.
The Quad Cities Veterans Experience Action Center will take place on July 19th and 20th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at St. Ambrose University, Wellness & Recreation Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa. Parking is available off W. Lombard Street. Services available will include on-site VA claims and appeals assistance, including new claims and claim development, face-to-face explanation and assistance with facilitating and expediting existing claims and appeals, onsite VA healthcare enrollment and medical exams, VA Mobile Vet Center/Dog Tags, VA National Cemetery Administration, caregiver support, free legal services, substance abuse, chiropractic care, equine therapy, and much more. This is the first event of its kind in the area and is open to service members, veterans, and their families from anywhere in the country.
If anyone is interested in learning more about what the event has to offer or would like to learn how they can help, please reach out to Dan personally at (309)779-5455.
Thank you to Dan and UnityPoint Health for all the important work you do!