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Lecture on VA Reform Bill Impact – Tonight, Nov. 11

The Master of Public Health program in the School of Health Sciences and Human Services is hosting a special lecture tonight, Nov. 11, on the impact of the new Veterans Affairs reform bill, delivered by Professor Joan Beder, DSW, of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.   The event will be held in the Hofstra Dome, Room 100A, North Campus, from 5 to 6 pm.

Joan Beder
Joan Beder


The lecture was organized by MPH student Berlinda Olivier ’16, who is also a veteran of the Iraq War. “In honor of Veterans Day, it was important to shed on the health concerns and public health policies that affect the men and women that serve in our military,” she said.  “With the recent passage of the new Veterans Affair reform bill, veterans now have access to more options in health care, but there is concern that non-military providers may lack the familiarity and training in working with this specific population and ultimately be a disadvantage in the services of quality care.”

Olivier notes that Dr. Beder has an extensive history working with the military population, and will share her expertise to help give future health-care professional insight about what they may face  when working with soldiers and their families.

Berlinda Olivier
Berlinda Olivier

In addition to her MPH studies, Olivier currently serves in the Army National Guard as a second-lieutenant medical service officer, coordinating training for medics who give  basic medical treatment for soldiers in emergency situations.



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