Tilley Family Scholar Military & Veteran Family Wellbeing Project Grants

UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health and UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center award two-year grants to UCLA faculty, staff and students

SEPTEMBER 2020 - This summer, the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health (DPBH) in partnership with the UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC) announced a grant opportunity for UCLA faculty, staff and students sponsored by the Tilley Family Foundation to catalyze and advance research designed to support wellbeing and resilience in military and Veteran families.

We are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Tilley Family Scholar Military and Veteran Family Wellbeing Project Grants which will focus on innovative ways to support military and Veteran family wellbeing while leveraging community partnerships and addressing substance use, homelessness, health equity, mental health and resilience. Awarded project descriptions are included below.

  • Bolstering Coping and Resilience of Veteran Families with Experiences of Homelessness and Parental Substance Use: The project pilots an adapted resilience-based intervention among homeless-experienced families with parental substance use in LA County and San Diego through a new partnership with the Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD). 

  • Healing and Education through the Arts for Veterans (HEArts4Vets): The project will support an arts development and evaluation infrastructure for works addressing mental health and stresses such as homelessness in Veterans. Partners will include UCLA, Greater Los Angeles VA, Healthy African American Families II, Mental Health America, LA County Department of Mental Health and other Veteran-serving organizations.

  • Toward a Culturally Responsive Approach to Family-Centered Prevention Among Latinx Military Families: This project examines whether the positive outcomes of an evidence-based preventive intervention will be replicated when examining a subsample of Latinx military families. It will explore potential correlates for intervention response and utilize the findings to inform intervention adaptation and enhance cultural responsivity. This project also includes plans to begin disseminating these adaptations to community partners that serve Latinx military and Veteran families.

The UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health (DPBH) is committed to enhancing the mental and physical wellbeing of individuals and families through the promotion of behavioral health, research and education strategically integrated into health care, home and community settings. http://dpbh.ucla.edu/

The UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC) provides comprehensive, holistic and accessible behavioral health, wellness and resilience services to Veterans and Guard and Reserve members, regardless of military discharge status, and their family members (including children, significant others and extended family members). The VFWC highlights a strong connection between UCLA and the VA and supports a network of care for Veterans and their families by offering quality, evidence-based programming, vetted resources and coordination with community-based assets and organizations. https://vfwc.ucla.edu/