After two decades of war with an all-volunteer force marks a critical moment for reflection nationally and in Southern California. Nearly five in 10 veterans report a significant issue for which they are not receiving care. One in 10 have considered suicide. Join special guest Dr. Anthony Hassan, CEO and President of Cohen Veteran Network, as he shares about the new clinic they are launching in south Los Angeles. Founded by the billionaire hedge fund investor, Steven A. Cohen, the Cohen Veteran Network is a $275 million national network providing free mental health clinics for military veterans and their families. Join us as we explore how the clinic started, what to expect as it opens in Los Angeles and current opportunities for philanthropy’s role in partnering with this effort. We will also hear exciting updates from SCG’s veteran initiatives and partnerships and identify new needs for grantmaking in our region.
About the SCG Veteran Funders Group
The SCG Veteran Funders Group focuses on members’ response efforts in relation to veterans and military families, trends and challenges our nonprofit partners are facing, and opportunities for philanthropy to take a strategic role in our region’s veteran space in the months and years to come. Meetings are led by SCGs Veteran Issues Consultant, Nate Graeser, and held every on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month.
Anthony Hassan is the inaugural President and CEO of Cohen Veterans Network, which is tasked with carrying out the establishment of 25 mental health clinics nationwide. In addition, he leads CVN’s efforts to advance the field as a learning mental health system through funded research initiatives and training programs that improve care within the Network and set CVN up to serve as a model for others. Hassan is a veteran of the United States Army enlisted and Air Force officer with 30 years of experience in military behavioral health, serving as a military social work officer, leader, clinician, and academic. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 on the first-ever Air Force combat stress control and prevention team. Hassan’s last military assignment was at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he served as the Deputy Department Head, Leadership Directorate, and led the only graduate-level degree program at the Air Force Academy for top-tier Air Force Commanders. Prior to CVN, Hassan served as the inaugural Director and Clinical Professor of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. Dr. Hassan’s former military and academic roles have positioned him to develop strong relationships with the most senior levels of leadership in the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Washington, D.C. Hassan holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Florida and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
President and Chief Operating Officer, UniHealth Foundation
Established in 1998, UniHealth Foundation is an independent private health care foundation committed to being a pace-setter in health philanthropy, while provoking and sustaining changes that positively impact health outcomes. Jennifer Vanore joined UniHealth Foundation in 2015, having previously served as Program Manager for The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities. Jen received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where her research focused on the social, economic and political development of the hospital industry in Los Angeles County. Jen is responsible for overseeing the nearly $15 million in annual grantmaking and the day-to-day functions of the Foundation. She also works closely with the Board to support innovative new programs and services to improve population and community health outcomes throughout Southern California. Jen currently sits on the Los Angeles Regional Homeless Advisory Council and serves on the Commission of Recreation and Parks for the City of Pasadena.