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
     Award Amount:       $749,797

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.

 Community Partners:

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

  • Edgewood College
  • Marquette University
  • Mental Health America of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee (Zablocki) VA Medical Center
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • 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
Project Progress Report Summary 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014

 Affiliated Web Pages:

     Edgewood College
     Marquette University
     Mental Health America of Wisconsin
     University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
     University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
     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
    • Developed dryhootchpartners4health.org website to provide information about the partners and its products
    • Provided trainings, presentations and community marketing to 815 individuals through 34 events
    • Featured in a three-minute segment on WISN as a part of their nightly news programming
  • Presentations
    • Conducted breakout session at the Warrior Summit (March 2013)
    • Presented at the UW-Milwaukee Conference on Veterans and Trauma
    • Poster presentation at the 2014 Anita Borg Institute Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (October 2014)
    • Poster presentation at the IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing (October 2014)
  • Publications
    • Published book chapter “Surviving the Peace: Redefining Community-Based Veteran Services through the Dryhootch Partnership” in The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology: Volume 2
    • Published book chapter “Professional Ethics & Virtue Ethics in Community Engaged Healthcare Training” in Professional Responsibility: The Fundamental Issue in Educational and Healthcare Reform
Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Research and Education Program (REP)
P: 414.955.8075 | E: ahw@mcw.edu

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

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