On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic will host its Recovery Summit, “From the Frontlines Through Recovery,” an event that will shine a spotlight on the urgent needs of those who have chosen to serve in our Armed Forces or as emergency first responders: groups that are particularly susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). While medical professionals and the public are engaging in dialogue about these mental health conditions, their frequent co-occurrence with addiction is less widely discussed, understood, or addressed.
The summit features keynote speakers by two of the leading experts in the first responder and military populations: Chief James Schwartz and Lieutenant Commander Seth Flagg, M.D. Attendees will leave the Summit with increased clinical knowledge and six continuing education credits.
James Schwartz has been with the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia for 28 years and was appointed Chief in June 2004. In April 2003 he was assigned to the Office of the County Manager, where he served as the Director of Emergency Management until his appointment to Fire Chief. The department was the lead agency for the response to the September 11, 2001 attack at the Pentagon. Chief Schwartz led the Unified Command effort for the Pentagon incident. Chief Schwartz chairs the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Committee on Terrorism and Homeland Security. He is also a member of the Interagency Board on Equipment Standardization and serves on the Advisory Council for the Interagency Threat Assessment Coordinating Group at the National Counter Terrorism Center.
Lieutenant Commander Seth Y. Flagg served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for two years prior to entering the U.S. Navy. He received his commission in 2002 through the Health Professional Scholarship Program. He earned a Doctorate of Medicine from Tufts University, then completed a Family Medicine Internship at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he also served as Primary Care Physician to Severely Wounded Marines. After completing Undersea Medical Officer Training, he transferred to Naval Medical Research Hospital as an undersea medicine researcher in 2008. His research focused on disabled submarine crew rescue and rapid ascent during saturation diving. In 2010, he deployed to South East Asia in support of JPAC Mission 10-3 LA. From 2011-2013 he completed the Family Medicine Residency at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and in 2013 assumed the duties of USMC Wounded Warrior Regimental Surgeon.
In order to bring the men and women on the frontlines to the forefront of care, we will explore ways to capitalize on the clinical services currently available and identify initiatives to strengthen access to care.
“The Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic Recovery Summit is a great opportunity for us to introduce Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic programs and services to the community,” says Deborah Simpson Taylor, R.N., Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic. “We are grateful that Chief Schwartz and Lieutenant Commander Flagg will be joining us. The Summit is a chance to provide cutting-edge clinical training, as well as bring together local prominent guests for a panel discussion of the current PTSD and TBI initiatives within the military and first responder populations.”
The Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic Recovery Summit “From the Frontlines Through Recovery” will be held on October 21, 2015 from 8am-4pm at the Spates Community Club at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Become a sponsor/exhibitor or register for this FREE event.