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CVN’s Leader on Advancing the Field at Cohen Care Summit

The first Cohen Care Summit will bring together partners from all sectors in order to accelerate the field of veterans mental health. The event will take place in Washington, D.C. next week. Two of the key principles at the summit will be Cohen Veterans Network CEO & President Dr. Anthony Hassan and Cohen Veterans Bioscience CEO & President Dr. Magali Haas. Hassan took time to answer a few questions prior to the event:

1. Can you describe Cohen Veterans Network?

Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) is a client-centered network of clinics which provides high-quality, integrated and accessible mental health care. CVN’s mission is to fill a critical gap in care by improving mental health outcomes for veterans of the Armed Forces and their families.

Hassan at a VA event in April.

Hassan at a VA event in April.

2. How do you collaborate with Cohen Veterans Bioscience?

Cohen Veterans Bioscience research discoveries will be translated into practice within the Cohen Veterans Network. Our partnership is ideal for bringing bench science to the clinics to better serve veterans without the bureaucracy that often impedes the application of research in the field. This Summit will be a great way to push conversations forward on both fronts.

3. What sets CVN apart from other organizations that provide mental health care for veterans?

We reduce all barriers to care while at the same time ensuring high-quality culturally competent care. Our setting is comprised of veterans and family members in one holistic unit. It is a place that understands its clients and makes them feel welcome; a source that you can trust.

4. What are you able to do as a private foundation that wouldn’t be possible if you did not have a guaranteed source of funding?

With Mr. Steven Cohen’s generous gift, we’re able to be nimble and innovative while advancing the field beyond clinical care, through research, education and training and anti-stigma media campaigns. We’re fortunate to be able to bring the best talent to the table.

5. What personally motivates you to do the work that you do?

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, to meet a critical need for veterans and military families and help the very family that I served for 25 years as an Air Force mental health officer. A family that I call my own.

6. What aspect of your work do you enjoy most?

I love that I’m making a difference every day. I’m truly engaged in something that is transformational and that will have long lasting impact for many years to come.

7. What do you see for the Cohen Veterans Network in the future?

I see a growing private network of clinics that is trusted and respected by the veterans’ community, that not only provides high-quality care but is shaping how mental health care delivery looks in the future.

 

By Ben Grossman, CVN Summer Associate