Yesterday I attended the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC. Witnesses provided an update on the World Trade Center Health Program, and first-hand accounts of their treatment for medical conditions as a result of working in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site.
Message from the Director
On June 1, 2015, VOICES launched a new research project in partnership with the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and the Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) in Ottawa, Ontario.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Since its opening last May, more than 2 million visitors from all 50 states and from around the world have toured the Museum. We are indebted to so many individuals who worked tirelessly over the years to accomplish a monumental task - preserving a site that is sacred ground to those who lost loved ones.
On April 3, VOICES hosted our annual Resiliency Symposium at Rutgers Livingston Campus Student Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. Over 150 were in attendance, many participating for the first time. We were very fortunate to have accomplished professionals sharing their expertise in the field of trauma. Clearly, over 13 years after 9/11 there is still a need for information and access to long-term support services.
It's just one week away from VOICES April 3 Resiliency Symposium, which promises to be an informative day of presentations and interactive educational experiences. Once again, we are honored to have a distinguished group of professionals with expertise in the fields of psychology, research, occupational health, and medicine.
I hope this note finds you well. This Wednesday, March 25, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is hosting the first in a series of talks that will explore the topic about the spread of Islamist radicalism. We've included information below about the event and details on how to register.
Do we get over it? Do we get on with it? What is grieving? How do we transform traumatic loss into an enduring presence that we use for connection and healing? Against the backdrop of traumatic impact, Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips will invite us to recognize that the road from trauma to hope and healing is neither predictable nor time-sensitive.
What are the long-term implications for families who have experienced trauma? How do stories about tragedy and remembrances of those who have been lost get weaved into the narrative of a child's family legacy? What are the mind-body connections that help one understand the intimate relationship of the mind and body, and how do we tap into these tools to optimize our health?
Join us for VOICES Inaugural Golf Outing on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Woodway Country Club, Willie Park Jr. designed course; recently voted 7th best in CT by Golf Digest. Funds raised support VOICES efforts to provide support to 9/11 families, responders and survivors and to share our expertise and lessons learned to promote healing and resiliency in other communities impacted by tragedy.
VOICES will be participating in Fairfield County's Giving Day on Thursday, March 5, and we need your support. Hosted by Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Giving Day is a 24-hour online event to "Give Where You Live" and celebrate the work of nonprofits in the Foundation's area.