DryHootch iPeer: A Social & Technology Support Program for Veteran Mental Health

Project Overview

8th Funding Cycle Impact Award
     Project Start Date: 1/1/2013
     Project End Date: 12/31/2017

Project Goal Statement: Improve access to trained peer mentor support for younger veterans at risk for mental health problems on college campuses using a combination of face-to-face and smartphone interventions.

Award Amount: $749,797

Community Partners:
Primary Community Partner: Bob Curry, DryHootch of America
Additional Community Partners:

  • Edgewood College
  • Marquette University
  • Mental Health America of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Waukesha County Technical College

Academic Partners:
Primary Academic Partner: Zeno Franco, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Jeffery Whittle, MD, General Internal Medicine, VA Medical Center
  • Karen Berte, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
  • Leslie Patterson, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Clare Guse, MS, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Project Progress Summary Reports:
     Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2013 - 8/31/2013

Affiliated Web Pages:
     DryHootch.org
    
Edgewood College
     
Marquette University
     Mental Health America of Wisconsin
     University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
     Waukesha County Technical College

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)

  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Developed iPeer Mentor Training Curriculum consisting of an orientation module and six veteran-specific training modules to train new student veteran peer mentors
    • Conducted Community Grand Rounds events at UWM Veteran Student Association, UWM Veteran Services Office, and UWM Norris Health Center
    • WTMJ interview with Dr. Franco discussing veteran mental health awareness, Dryhootch, and this project 
  • Presentations
    • Conducted breakout session at the Warrior Summit (March 2013)
Contact Us

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Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
P: 414.955.4350 | E: healthierwisconsin@mcw.edu

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