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Dear Colleagues,



The State of Maryland has made veterans’ health a top priority. Our veterans bring tremendous strengths to our communities, but some are facing unique health and mental health challenges that Maryland professionals have not been adequately prepared to address.

I am asking all licensed primary care and behavioral health professionals in Maryland to complete a brief, confidential, online survey about your knowledge of veterans’ issues and treatment of veterans and their family members. We hope to hear from general practitioners, pediatricians, obstetricians/gynecologists, internists, occupational and physical therapists, nurses, and other health and mental health care professionals, regardless of whether you currently work with veterans in your professional setting.

Data from this anonymous survey will be used to plan trainings for primary care and behavioral health professionals on issues affecting veterans and their families. A new partnership with the University of Maryland School of Public health enables us to conduct this needs assessment and to offer a series of professional trainings in 2013 and 2014. I strongly encourage you to complete the short survey, which requires less than 10 minutes to complete, at the following link:

Thank you in advance for helping to improve the care of those who have sacrificed so much for our country.


Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.

Secretary Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene