8th Annual Veterans Mental Health Summit

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8th Annual Veterans Mental Health Summit: Addressing Racism, Improving Care

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The San Francisco VA Health Care System and Swords to Plowshares invite you to the 8th Annual Veterans Mental Health Summit, “Addressing Racism, Improving Care.” While we cannot hold this event in person this year, we hope to continue the important dialogue we have inspired from past summits. This three-hour virtual event will explore the impact of race and racism on veteran identity, the military experience, and access to mental health care. There will be opportunities for participant discussion, information sharing, and action planning.


Race in Military History, Race and the VA, and Clinical Responses to Race-Based Trauma

  • Presentations on the history and impact of race and racism on veteran mental health need and the mental health profession.

Veteran Voices

  • Storytelling and testimonials from veterans of color on race and veteran identity, military experience, and mental health care.

Addressing Racism, Improving Care

  • Panelists and participants will respond to veteran testimonials, discuss best practices, and propose strategies to provide more equitable mental health care in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Final list of speakers will be announced prior to the event.

Continuing Education Credits

3 credit hours are available for CAADE professionals licensed in California.

VA professionals: credit hours may be provided to ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, CA BRN, APA, ASWB, NYSED, and AOTA. Contact Maisie Ketron, LCSW, at for more information.


Questions about VA CEUs? Contact Maisie Ketron, LCSW,

For any other questions related to the Veterans Mental Health Summit, please contact

About the Veterans Mental Health Summit

The purpose of the Veterans Mental Health Summit is to bring together key stakeholders in the community, to share information and work collaboratively, to enhance access to mental health services, and to address the mental healthcare needs of veterans and families residing in the San Francisco area.

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