Education and community relations are a large piece of the CMMR puzzle. Several examples of this type of work are listed below.
Military Affairs Council of Western Pennsylvania
Since 2013, Ronald K. Poropatich has been a member of the board of the Military Affairs Council of Western Pennsylvania. The Military Affairs Council serves as a conduit for military-related issues in Western Pennsylvania by including board members who represent military, community, business, and political interests in the region. The purpose of the Military Affairs Council is to cherish the values of freedom, to pass on to future generations that the preservation of freedom is the responsibility and sacrifice of all citizens, and to inculcate respect and admiration for the dedicated men and women serving our country.
Pittsburgh Hires Veterans
The Center for Military Medicine Research was instrumental in helping to organize Pittsburgh Hires Veterans (PHV). Currently, Dr. Ron Poropatich MD (Col/Ret/US Army) is on the Board of Directors of PHV. The mission of PHV is gainful employment for every veteran. They accomplish this by providing free, one-on-one support to veterans of the U.S. military and their families, including the National Guard and Reserves. PHV also helps veterans who are in search of educational opportunities, training initiatives, and employment in the Greater Pittsburgh region. For more information about Pittsburgh Hires Veterans, contact Dayna Brown, Director of Operations, at Dayna@pittsburghhiresveterans.com.
The mission of Veterans Place is to end Veteran homelessness in the Greater Pittsburgh region. They are organized to do this by focusing on assisting our veterans in acquiring the necessary tools to effectively address real life challenges in order to become self-sufficient. In January of 2018, CMMR established an academic partnership with Veterans Place for a research collaboration that included 10 Emergency Medicine (EM) senior students to design internship projects. Through continued development of this internship program, CMMR will continue to work with Veterans Place to address the complex issue of homelessness.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
CMMR Director Dr. Ron Poropatich taught a mini elective course offered for first and second year medical students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The course, titled "Joining Forces:Military Medicine from the Battlefield to Everyday Practice," was structured to give medical students a deeper look into the impact of military medicine, and included short lectures, panel discussions, and problem-based learning.
Uniformed Services University
The CMMR has facilitated a first-ever partnership between the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (SOM) and the Uniformed Services University (USU), located in Bethesda, MD. USU seeks to educate health professionals from military and non-military backgrounds and prepare them for careers in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service. The two schools have joined together in a Research and Education Partnership Agreement that will aid in the educational and research opportunities of Pitt's School of Medicine, USU students, PhDs, and junior faculty by providing a mechanism whereby both parties can benefit for the synergies of staff expertise, medical science and technology equipment, and Joint research efforts. The Pitt faculty liaison is Peter Rubin, MD, FACS, Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, UPMC Endowed Professor of Plastic Surgery, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh.
Pitt Veterans Affinity Group
The University of Pittsburgh Veterans Affinity Group facilitates the inclusion of veterans, military members, and their families into the University community by supporting recruitment, retention, comradery, and ongoing success in collaboration with like-minded organizations. As a part of Pitt Communities, the Veterans Affinity Group is a part of the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Mission Statement: We facilitate the inclusion of veterans, military members, and their families into the University Community by supporting recruitment, retention, comradery, and ongoing success in collaboration with like-minded organizations.