Veteran Suicide Prevention Evaluation: Demonstration Project Virtual Meeting

Suicide is a growing public health crisis and a leading cause of death in the United States, with rates increasing 35 percent between 1999–2018. Veterans are a particularly vulnerable population, with the suicide rate among veterans 1.5 times higher than non-veterans in 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic also seems to be making matters more challenging as military suicides have increased by as much as 20 percent during the pandemic according to the Department of Defense. The good news is that suicide prevention is possible, and state public health, community-based veteran-serving organizations (VSOs) and private sector stakeholders play a vital role in the upstream, public health approach to decreasing suicide among veterans.

The CDC Foundation is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control on a project to build evaluation capacity among VSOs implementing programs that support an upstream, public health approach to veteran suicide prevention. Learn more.

With additional support this year from CDC, the following VSOs were selected to participate in the project this year:

Virtual Meeting Details
Date:     June 17, 2021
Time:    12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Meeting agenda

Meeting Purpose
This meeting is an opportunity for annual VSPE grantees, CDC, and CDC Foundation staff to engage with one another, exchange ideas, discuss successes and lessons learned from the VSPE project. Grantees will have the opportunity to share their experience over the past year and how they will continue to improve their programming through the evaluation skills learned from the VSPE project while connecting with CDC and CDC Foundation leadership as well as key stakeholders.

Meeting Objectives

  • Learn how annual project grantees are working to build connectedness and community integration within veteran communities. 
  • Understand the future direction of veteran suicide prevention efforts.
  • Identify opportunities to implement best practices and lessons learned in supporting program improvement and partnership.

Registration is required for all participating veteran-serving organizations and stakeholders. Please reach out to Emily Gordon at with the CDC Foundation for more information.