Founded in 2014 as a project of the Governor’s Working Group, the goal of NC STRIVE is to provide services and supports leading to Student Veterans’ success in two-year and four-year public and private institutions of higher education in North Carolina. NC STRIVE accomplishes this goal through conferences targeting administrators, support staff, and faculty.
Four regional conferences are planned for the spring of 2018. These conferences will provide the Student Veteran community with assistance tools and resources to facilitate a smooth transition from the military to higher education and from higher education to the workplace.
Each planning committee consists of representatives from community colleges, public and private universities, LME/MCOs, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Governor’s Institute, and Veteran advocacy organizations.
NC STRIVE Conferences
During the month of April, NC STRIVE hosted four regional conferences in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Morganton, and Greenville. Nearly 400 people attended, with representation from community colleges, the UNC system, and private four-year colleges. The table below indicates the number of attendees and representation by the two and four-year schools.
|Number of Attendees||Community Colleges||UNC System||Private|
While all four conferences had a student Veteran panel and addressed military culture (e.g., Green Zone training) and behavioral health (e.g., Mental Health First Aid, QPR suicide prevention, misuse of opioids), each conference agenda reflected its regional flavor. For example, the Charlotte and Greenville conferences fielded panels highlighting business leaders and administrators. Greenville had sessions on educational benefits and transition challenges. Morgantown also had a breakout group on transition while Fayetteville featured credit transfer, military families, and student Veteran health issues.
Agendas, Presentations and Conference Documents from the 2018 conferences:
Central East Region - Fayetteville Tech
- Meeting Agenda
- 2018 Planning Committee Members
- Conference Bios
- Susan Watkins Welcome
- Matt Thewes
- Melissa Fox
- Katrina Kilmartin
- Ed Chavis
- Susan Graham Fayetteville Vet Center
- Michelle Louisville
- Recovery Resource Guide 2016
- Resources Apps for Veterans
- Caregiver Resource Directory 2017
- SP Brochure ’18
- PCMHI info flyer
- Circle of Health
- SATP Referral Sheet
- Support groups for substance use:
Photos taken by: Brad Losh, FTCC
Central West Region - University of North Carolina At Charlotte
Western Foothills Region - Foothills Higher Education Center, Western Piedmont Community College
Eastern Region - East Carolina University
- Managing Your Pain: Which Approach is Right for You?
This fact sheet focuses on alternative pain management methods such as acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and meditation. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-1
- Dangerous Drug Interactions
This fact sheet focuses on the dangers of mixing opiates with other substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-2
- What Are the Risks of Opioid Pain Medications?
This fact sheet focuses on the side effects and interactions of pain medication including opioid use disorder and overdose. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-3
- What to Do if Your Medication Isn’t Working
This fact sheet focuses on patients requiring assistance with ineffective medications. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-4
- My Medications
This fact sheet provides a list to assist patients with cataloging their medications. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-5
- Prescription Pain Medication Agreement
This fact sheet focuses on the prescription pain medication agreement. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-6
- Prescribing Opioids: Reduce the Risk
This fact sheet focuses on reducing the risks associated with prescribing opioids including misuse, overdose, and how to safely store, and dispose of prescription drugs. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-7
- Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
This fact sheet focuses on how Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) help health providers better serve their patients’ needs and promote safety. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-8
- Talking to Your Patients About Opioids
This fact sheet focuses on how clinicians can discuss the appropriate use of opioids, dosage, and the dangers of opioid use disorder and overdose. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-9
- Safe Disposal of Prescription Medications
This fact sheet focuses on the proper method for disposing unused pain medication to prevent illegal use, and environmental concerns. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-10
- Safe Storage of Prescription Medications
This fact sheet focuses on the importance of properly storing medication in the home to avoid accidental ingestion by children. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-11
- Common Names for Prescription Opioid Pain Medications
This fact sheet focuses on generic, brand, and street/slang names for various pain medications. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-12
- Treating Overdose with Naloxone
This fact sheet focuses on using Naloxone as a deterrent to overdose. Inventory#: SMA17-5053-13