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Public Health Approaches to Suicide Prevention: Working with Military Spouses and Families

Public Health Approaches to Suicide Prevention: Working with Military Spouses and Families

About This Webinar

Discover how service providers can best support military spouses and family members through a trauma-informed lens of suicide prevention. Explore the impacts of deployment, periods of parental absence from the family system, trauma exposure, and spillover effects for military-connected marriages and parent-child relationships.

Dr. Keita Franklin, Co-Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project, will identify evidence-based strategies for engaging with families, including during suicide prevention screening.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand trauma within the context of the military-connected family and community
  2. Identify risk and protective factors for military-connected families and spouses/partners
  3. Articulate evidence-based strategies for engaging with families impacted by trauma, including suicide prevention screening.


Dr. Keita Franklin is an accomplished senior executive widely credited with revolutionizing several large-scale, national public health systems. She has focused her expertise on key wellness areas including suicide prevention, mental health, and substance abuse. Dr. Franklin has spent her 25-year career driving complex organizational and policy change in the federal sector before recently transitioning to the private sector. She has served as a senior executive in both the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs, where she was the principal advisor on all matters related to suicide prevention. As a national leader in suicide prevention, Dr. Franklin was responsible for leading a multi-disciplined team of experts in the advancement of evidence-based prevention practices for over three million active-duty members, 20 million veterans, and their families.

Dr. Franklin currently leads the mental health work within the Deloitte Government and Public Health Sector where she is engaged across all federal health accounts as well as serves as the Co-Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project. She also serves on numerous boards and is an advocate for military communities.

Continuing education credit is available.


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