Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards $420K Grant to Veterans Recovery Resources Team

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The nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has recognized Veterans Recovery Resources for its unique plans to serve Veterans.

L to R: Erin McAdams, Joe Currier, John Kilpatrick, Jeremy Fletcher, Josh Moore, Marjorie Scaffa. Photo credit: Shane Rice Photography

Clinical practitioners serving at Veterans Recovery Resources (VRR) have been selected to participate in Clinical Scholars, one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs that equip and connect leaders across the country—in every sector and field, and from all backgrounds and perspectives—to collaborate in addressing systemic inequities and finding new solutions to the nation’s most entrenched health challenges. RWJF’s vision is to build a Culture of Health in every community across America so that every person has the opportunity to reach their best possible health and well-being.

The VRR Clinical Scholars: Joe Currier, Erin McAdams, Jeremy Fletcher, Marjorie Scaffa. Photo credit: Shane Rice Photography

Combining the expertise of a physical therapist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, and physician assistant, the Veterans Recovery Resources Clinical Scholars team is removing barriers to care and designing new ways to infuse peer support and vibrant community engagement into high-quality, compassionate, affordable mental health care for Veterans and their families.

The Veterans Recovery Resources Clinical Scholars team includes Jeremy Fletcher, PT, DPT, OCS (Major, U.S. Army Reserve); Joe Currier, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist); Erin McAdams, PA-C, MHS (Captain, U.S. Army Reserve); and Marjorie Scaffa, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, MS, ALC, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields and hold appointments at the University of South Alabama.

As a member of Clinical Scholars 2018-2021 cohort, the team will focus on providing Veterans and their families a whole health approach to wellness. They will further benefit from high-caliber curricula and coaching from national leaders, collaborate with other cutting-edge thinkers to create greater impact and accelerate infusing a Culture of Health into the Mobile community and surrounding areas.

According to John Kilpatrick, Founder and Executive Director at Veterans Recovery Resources, “We are so honored that our team and organization have received this recognition and support. Three years ago, we began with a vision for Veteran mental health. I can’t wait to see what this team will bring to our health care community to benefit Veterans over the next three years.”