Conferences and Events

Fourth Annual UNC Charlotte Veterans' Health Conference


*CEUs Available for Social Workers.

*This continuing nursing education activity was submitted for approval by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.



Rear Admiral Christina Alvarado, Deputy Commander of Navy Medicine East, visited UNC Charlotte November 10, 2015

Veterans' Health Conference: 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hosted by CHHS and headlined by Director of North Carolina Veterans Affairs Ilario Pantano and retired Major General Marianne Mathewson-Chapman, the meeting focused on how a better understanding of veteran culture and a holistic approach to healthcare can improve both its quality and accessibility for veterans.

Veterans’ health is an issue that resonates deeply in North Carolina; the state is home to more than 800,000 veterans, and the third-largest military force in the country. Despite this, Pantano said North Carolina hasn’t always been veteran friendly.

Pantano’s administration has responded to historical shortcomings by developing a strategy it says will turn North Carolina into the nation’s most veteran friendly state. He outlined the plan in a presentation to an audience that included veterans, healthcare professionals, academics, and concerned citizens. Pantano said NCDVA’s four-prong strategy focuses on 1) upgrading the efficiency of its own operations; 2) improving cooperation between agencies; 3) better communicating with veterans across the state and; 4) pushing a renewed legislative agenda.

Pantano is a former Marine sniper and platoon commander who served during the Persian Gulf War and in Iraq following the 2003 U.S. invasion. Under his leadership, NCDVA has taken steps to pursue its strategic agenda. The agency is active in the governor’sworking group on North Carolina veterans. It has also launched a jobs initiative and a campaign intended to improve communications with the state’s veterans.

Major General Mathewson-Chapman, former Deputy Surgeon General for the National Guard, spoke Tuesday about the importance of a “holistic service delivery model.” Mathewson-Chapman argued veterans’ wellness should be broadly defined to encompass needs met by both health and social services. Housing, financial, legal, employment, and family needs must all be addressed in a comprehensive veteran’s healthcare network, she said.​

A tension between competing realities may be behind some of the flaws in current programs. The system must respond to a vast array of experiences and needs while simultaneously providing a comprehensible experience to individual veterans. The former concern has prompted the creation of a bewildering web of agencies and organizations tasked with providing specific services, while the latter seems to demand just the opposite—as veterans often express frustration with program overlap and bureaucratic inefficiency.

Popp Martin Student Union Dining Option

  • Crown Commons (2nd Floor) – Crown Commons is a modern all-you-care-to-eat dining hall. Enjoy several options made-to-order: pizza from our gas-fired oven, comfort foods ranging from regional favorites to ethnic specialties, deli sandwiches made fresh to order, burgers and other favorites grilled as you direct. Enjoy breakfast anytime with waffles, cereal and yogurt available all day. Build your own salad and pair it with a side of soup and bread.

  • Bistro 49 (2nd Floor) - Bistro 49 offers a sit-down, table service experience. Featuring bright ambiance, an open kitchen and nouvelle cuisine that changes with the seasons! To make a reservation, please call 704-687-7056.

  • Starbucks (1st Floor) - All of your favorite Starbucks coffees, teas, and pastries.

  • Wendy's (1st Floor) - Wendy's is known for fresh, made-to-order, square ground beef burgers that hang over the bun, made with a choice of toppings. The Wendy's menu is designed to offer a variety of nutritious foods in order to appeal to a wide base of the consumer. Fresh, healthful foods like salads, grilled chicken sandwiches, baked potatoes and chili are part of Wendy's commitment to health awareness.

  • Einstein Bros Bagels (1st Floor) - It's not just about bagels anymore! Increasingly, people are turning to their local Einstein Bros for quick, tasty lunches---from innovative salads to hearty soups and creative sandwiches. High-quality food is the standard here, with a diverse menu ranging from gourmet, to-go coffee and specialty coffee drinks to baked goods, salads, made-to-order sandwiches and decadent desserts.

  • Outtakes Quick Cuisine (1st Floor) - Outtakes offers fresh subs, sushi, salads, soups, and drinks.  Snacks, supplies and convenience items are also available.

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