Advocacy

Advocacy

Desert Wise is passionate about advocating for the military and veteran communities, and in our definition of advocacy, this can come in many forms (e.g., speaking engagements, articles, blogs, podcasts, books, educational workshops).

If you/your organization are interested in having our providers speak or are interested in collaborating with us, please use the contact form.

Note: We are most likely to agree to opportunities with events/organizations that: are apolitical/non-political, are well-organized, have a demonstrated history of integrity and good character, and promote ideas/interventions that are consistent with our practice and understanding of psychological science.

2021 Trailblazer Award

November 2021: MSgt (Ret) Brian Hill was the sole inspiration for our new periodic award, which makes him the first ever recipient of Desert Wise’s Trailblazer Award! Mr. Hill single-handedly found a physician willing to administer novel treatments for veterans with PTSD, sponsored veterans who couldn’t afford the treatment, engineered a free informational website (https://sgbforvets.com), & is compiling a repository of physicians offering this treatment in various states. Mr. Hill’s ingenuity & perseverance inspires us all & exemplifies the ethos of veterans serving veterans. 👏👏👏🇺🇲🇺🇲 #VeteransServingVeterans

2021 Annual Veteran’s Advocate Award

November 2021: Cutter Aviation is the 2021 recipient of our annual Veteran’s Advocate Award. Cutter is dedicated to hiring Veterans, Reservists, & Guardsmen, & they also support the Veteran’s Airlift Command in transporting wounded service members. Their commitment to the military & veteran community pre-dates WWII. Still today, the Cutter team continuously goes above & beyond to roll out the red carpet when serving & supporting active & retired military. The Desert Wise team was honored to recognize Cutter Aviation for the quiet service they provide our nation’s protectors. #VeteransDay2021

DoD SkillBridge

October 2021: Desert Wise is now officially a DoD authorized industry partner for the SkillBridge program!! This will allow us to help existing mental health professionals transition from active duty service to the civilian workforce, & it will allow us to provide supervision to transitioning service members who are pursuing new careers in mental healthcare following their military service.

If you are a licensed mental health provider or pursuing a license in mental healthcare AND you’re motivated to serve our military members, veterans, & those who love them, check out what we have to offer at: https://www.desertwise.com/careers/

For more information about SkillBridge, visit: https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/

Stellate Ganglion Block

September 2021: Desert Wise has teamed up with fellow veteran, Brian Hill, and X2 Labs to develop and disseminate free information on the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) for PTSD.  SGB injections have shown promising benefits for many individuals who struggle with chronic PTSD by calming the physiological arousal associated with PTSD. We are excited to offer free educational information that has the potential to improve the quality of life for countless veterans living with PTSD. For more information, visit: https://www.sgbforvets.com/ 

SB119: PSYPACT

 

Image source: Uniformed Services University https://www.usuhs.edu/content/telehealth-mhs

February 2021: The military population we serve is disproportionately impacted by the mental healthcare barriers created by practice being limited to state boundaries. Our patients PCS, TDY, get put on ROM, etc. – all of which disrupt care. Our military members, veterans, and their loved ones all deserve high-quality, uninterrupted mental healthcare, and the providers serving them deserve to have the protections that are inherent to legitimized interstate telehealth services. New Mexico has introduced SB 119 for the 2021 legislative session, which would begin breaking down the barriers imposed by state boundaries. Our team fervently supports the passage of SB 119. We wrote the talking paper linked below, which we are submitting to all legislative committees considering SB 119. Join us in supporting SB 119 and in prioritizing reliable, patient-centered care for our service members!

Click here to read our team’s talking paper in support of SB 119.

PTSD Handouts

December 2020: In summer 2019, Dr. Henrie created approachable and informative handouts on PTSD. Too few know about the sweeping physical impacts of PTSD, and with these handouts, we hope to begin remedying that.

(Note: We authorize free public use of these handouts with appropriate source credit.)

Thanks to Michelle Ault who cleaned up the handouts with with her Photoshop skills.

2020 Annual Veteran’s Advocate Award

November 2020: Every so often you come across a person who is quietly doing amazing things behind the scenes, & Albuquerque’s own Dr. Craig Nairn is one of those people. To date, he’s been the first & only physician in New Mexico willing to offer SGB injections to individuals living with PTSD. He’s worked many patients in on personal time to ensure they didn’t have to suffer through long wait times without treatment, & our patients tell us he’s one of the most amazing doctors they’ve met. In less than a year, Dr. Nairn has immeasurably changed the lives of dozens of local veterans…making him the sole inspiration for our new annual award: the Veteran’s Advocate Award. On the eve of Veteran’s Day 2020, we presented Dr. Nairn with his certificate & hardware. May we all be a little more like him.

Also, we salute a true trailblazer, Brian Hill, for believing local veterans deserved to have access to SGB treatments & single-handedly finding Dr. Nairn & connecting him with veterans who need his care.

Note: The annual Veteran’s Advocate Award was developed by Dr. Henrie while associated with Spire Group. To continue & honor the spirit of this effort, the award is now being managed by Desert Wise.

Partnership with The PTSD Foundation of America & Camp Hope 

August 2020: We couldn’t be more excited or humbled to announce our partnership with the PTSD Foundation of America & Camp Hope, whose mission it is to serve & heal veterans with PTSD. The Desert Wise team agreed to provide continuous trainings for The Foundation’s staff & volunteers, most of which are also military veterans. This is a match made in heaven! #Veterans #Military #FightingForOurBrotherhoodAndSisterhood #StopVeteranSuicides

Images property of PTSD Foundation of America

Learn about the PTSD Foundation by clicking here.

Kirtland AFB’s Life Fest

September 2019: Dr. Henrie was asked to host a booth at Kirtland AFB’s Life Fest to engage service members by promoting laughter, destigmatizing mental health, and providing relatable education. Our team had a blast interacting with the base population.

Military Cultural Competency Workshop

May 2019: With the help of some active duty allies, Dr. Henrie taught a Military Cultural Competency workshop to civilian mental health professionals at the New Mexico Psychological Association’s Saturday Seminar.