Students Help Launch VA Palo Alto Podcast Series

img_0086-1By Adan Pulido

What started off as local middle school project interviewing female staff and Veterans turned into a new podcast series that highlights real stories from Veterans and subject matter experts from the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Organized by the Public Affairs Office and Polytrauma Service, a special project was born out of the academic needs of students from the all-girl Castilleja Middle School. The groups of junior reporters teamed up with staff members to work on a series of interviews that were ultimately recorded as podcasts.

Two years later, the project has already brought two classes of girls through the VA Palo Alto recording studio, sharing the stories of women Veterans as well as female staff members who were inspired to work for VA by their Veteran relatives.

To keep up the series, the VA Palo Alto Podcast doubled its efforts for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness month by recording interviews with experts from the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD).

These recording sessions include the Mobile Mental Health Team Lead Jason Owen and Clinic Psychologist Dr. Pearl McGee-Vincent, who discuss all of the resources VA has to offer including a whole suite of mobile apps that help Veterans and their families cope with PTSD.

Upcoming episodes include the new Interim Director of this NCPTSD division, Dr. Craig Rosen; one of the nation’s leading experts on LGBT Veteran care, Heliana Ramirez, Ph.D., L.I.S.W; and award-winning Youth Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Babar.

Search for “VA Palo Alto” on iTunes or Google Play to access the playlist for the VA Palo Alto Podcast series. Don’t forget to subscribe.

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