Veterans Health Initiative (VHI)

Membership Eligibility: All Members of the Jefferson Community

Membership Dues or Fees: None

Description: The Veteran's Health Initiative (VHI) is unlike any other student organization at Thomas Jefferson University. More than 10% of the adult population in the US has served in the military. This includes 16% of adult men and 5% of adult women. It is our belief that this is an at-risk population suffering from healthcare inequity and neglect. VHI focuses on addressing the gap in medical education pertaining to the Veteran population and their unique healthcare needs. We aim to do this by advocating for awareness of the Veteran population in Philadelphia, advancing student?s knowledge regarding their health needs, and arming students with tools to use in the clinical setting. Typical events hosted by VHI include lectures from guest speakers and Jefferson faculty who have served in the military or are experts in topics related to Veterans health, panel discussions with Veterans in the community, community engagement events, clinical learning experiences, and others. We believe that our message extends to all students at Thomas Jefferson University regardless of past military experience or exposure. As such, all students are eligible to become members.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Organization Email: VHI@students.jefferson.edu

Student Organization Advisor: Alec C. Beekley, MD, Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery 110 Walnut Street Suite 701¦215-955-8813