If you blow the whistle on higher ups because you have identified a legitimate problem, you should not be punished. You should be protected … problems [at the VA] require us to regain the trust of our veterans and live up to our vision of a VA that is more effective and more efficient. President Barack Obama, August 2014.
Rebuilding Trust, Renewing Our Dedication to Transparency in Deployment Health Science / September 23, 2014 / Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Read Transcript: Awards Reception 2014
The Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan Center honored former senior VA epidemiologist Dr. Stephen S. Coughlin on September 23, 2014 with its annual Award for Excellence in Post Deployment Health Science at the Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center located at 901 E Street, NW Washington, DC.
“The [VA] Office of Public Health conducts large studies of the health of American veterans. However, if the studies produce results that do not support OPH’s unwritten policy, they do not release them. This applies to data regarding adverse health consequences of environmental exposures, such as burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, and toxic exposures in the Gulf War. On the rare occasions when embarrasing study results are released, data are manipulated to make them unintelligible.” Dr. Steven S. Coughlin, before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, March 2013. Read the Testimony
Join us to honor Dr. Coughlin and continue a dialogue among those dedicated to helping the VA/DoD become more effective, efficient, compassionate, and transparent in the delivery of healthcare to those who have served us in war and are recovering from toxic wounds.