2015 Third National Summit:
Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and
Well-being across the Military Continuum

Power Point Presentions of Presenters

The Third National Summit of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military examined the critical research needs impacting military service members, veterans, and their families in promoting health, healing, and well-being from pre-deployment, deployment, to reintegration into civilian life. Through symposia, breakout group discussion, and engagement with prominent researchers and thought leaders, participants learned about the current evidence base for the efficacy of the arts and creative arts therapies in helping service members and veterans recover from illness and injury, with emphasis on current topics of interest to military and veterans health, including resilience, physical and psychological healing, family strengthening, and reintegration. The program and discussions are designed to help advance the strategies and recommendations for research articulated in the Arts, Health and Well-Being Across the Military Continuum White Paper.

SYMPOSIUM I:   Overview of Exciting Research
Presenting examples of current NIH and Department of Defense-funded research projects that employ (1) arts-based interventions with implications for military populations; (2) integrative approaches to research in military populations; and (3) innovations in research technologies.

SYMPOSIUM II: Research Methods and Available Tools
Presenting examples of current NIH-funded research projects with implications for military populations that demonstrate (1) innovative arts-related objective outcome measures; (2) available NIH tools (NIH Toolbox, NIH PROMIS, NIH Neuro-QoL) to assess behavioral and neurological outcomes; and (3) adaptation and application of PROMIS for military and veteran populations.