M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks)
M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks) programs are dedicated to military mental health, and include innovative approaches to outreach and engagement, strategies for reducing stigma and isolation, and the design and delivery of evidence-based programs with special emphasis on large-scale dissemination and implementation support.
M-SPAN includes four flagship programs:
- Buddy-to-Buddy, an outreach, support, and linkage to resources program for service members and veterans
- Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE), a peer support program for student veterans returning to college on the Post 9-11 GI Bill
- Strong Military Families, a parenting intervention for military and veterans families with young children
- HomeFront Strong, a resilience-based program for military and veteran spouses/partners
Each of these programs incorporates an evaluation component to measure program effectiveness and impact of services. Each program also has a training and dissemination plan to expand the reach of services regionally and nationally, along with a technical assistance model to support implementation. Two emerging projects at M-SPAN are the Women Veterans Needs Assessment and the convening of the National Summit on Military and Veteran Peer Programs in November 2016.
M-SPAN has been generously funded through private foundations, federal grants, and individual donors with special appreciation to the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball Charities through the Welcome Back Veterans initiative; Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation; Bob Woodruff Foundation; Wins for Warriors; Ethel and James Flinn Foundation; Department of Veterans Affairs Integrated Services Network 11; Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, Department of Defense; and National Institutes of Health; The M-SPAN team is honored to do this work on behalf of the men and women who serve our country along with their families.
For more information about M-SPAN research and programs, please visit the M-SPAN website.