CNA is planning a conference on the topic of "Promoting Resilience in Military Children through Effective Programs." The conference is a second in a series of CNA conferences on military children and will raise issues and propose solutions pertaining to the evaluation of programs for military children. The intent of the conference is to provide frameworks for improving programs for military children and the resilience of those who use them.
During last year’s conference, we learned that reducing stress and promoting resilience should be the goals of programs for military children. We also learned about the importance of evaluating programs. Academic speakers and policy makers repeatedly called for the evaluation of programs, with most insisting on rigorous evaluations and others believing that other approaches would also be acceptable. Following the 2011 conference, we came to appreciate the complex issues associated with evaluation of programs for military children and families and decided to host the 2012 conference.
The planning committee for the conference consists of CNA scientists as well as leaders from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Tufts University, the George Washington University, the University of Maryland, Military Child Education Coalition, Blue Star Families, Center for a New American Security, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Specifically, members of the planning committee are Drs. Sarah L. Friedman, Stephen Cozza, Richard Lerner, Anne Ducette, Woodie Kessel, Mary Keller, Meg Harrell, and Valerie Maholmes as well as Ms. Patty Shinseki and Ms. Barbara Thompson. Most of the same individuals planned the 2011 conference.
For questions, please contact Michelle Seay.