Our guest s today are Karen Cierzan, vice president behavioral health, Cigna and Allison Jaslow, executive director, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will explain the challenges our military veterans and their caregivers encounter when they return home from war zones and what kind of support they need to ease the transition to life in back home. The confidential support line is available to veterans regardless of their insurance provider and staffed by licensed behavioral health specialists, some of whom are veterans themselves and all of whom have been trained on the unique and often difficult experiences both veterans and their caregivers often face. Help Make Vets Holiday Joyful: New Help for Vets suffering from PTSD & Opioid Dependency. For more information go to Cigna.com
Allison Jaslow is Executive Director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). In this role, Allison focuses on policy, external communications, IAVA’s Washington DC operations and is our primary spokesperson for IAVA’s groundbreaking #SheWhoBorneTheBattle campaign and other policy initiatives.
Mr. Loren Shook : Silverado President, CEO, Chairman and Co-founder, Co-Author of the newly-released book, “New Possibilities in Memory Care: The Silverado Story. Mr. Shook discuss some of the latest research and innovations that can truly change the lives of patients, families and caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia. Although there is no cure, there is hope: new studies show there are techniques to enhance the quality of life and slow the progression of the disease. For more information, go to: silverado.com/newpossibilities
Our first guests today are Dr. Leonard Friedland, VP, director of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, Vaccines, North America at GSK. He is also a licensed pediatrician in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Friedland has held many positions in clinical research and development with GSK since 2003, specializing in infectious disease vaccination.
Prior to his work at GSK, Dr. Friedland was Division Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Friedland studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and conducted his residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and his fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, also in Philadelphia.
Joining Dr. Friedland is Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer, Families Fighting Flu. They will discuss Protecting your family from Flu this Winter. Serese Marotta is the Chief Operating Officer of Families Fighting Flu. In October 2009, her 5-year-old son, Joseph, died as a result of complications of influenza. Both Serese and her husband, Joe, are strong advocates for influenza vaccination and every year they get themselves and their daughter vaccinated against the flu. www.familiesfightingflu.org