Joining Forces - AANP's Leadership

cindy cooke3 "A proud supporter of the White House Joining Forces initiative, AANP is committed to building awareness of the issues affecting active and retired service members and their families. We are convinced that NPs, working together with other members of the health care community, will continue to effectively deal with the unique clinical challenges and health issues of this distinct patient population. AANP has pledged full support to the Joining Forces initiative."
- Cindy Cooke, AANP President Elect
Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, AANP President, is AANP's Representative to the White House Joining Forces Initiative and works directly with the Office of The First Lady. Dr. Cooke is a family NP in the Primary Care Clinic at Fox Army Health Center in Huntsville, AL, and as the spouse of a retired military officer, she has a personal passion for military families. She has had the honor of caring for active duty and retired Military members and their families for over eleven years.

AANP's commitment to Joining Forces and selected highlights from this initiative are available below.
  • View NPs Serving America's Military Families – an original video filmed at the 2012 AANP National Conference, demonstrating AANP's commitment and dedication to all active and retired members of America's armed forces and their families.
  • Educating America's NPs to care for our nation's veterans, service members and their families facing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, and other clinical issues now and in the future.
  • Enriching NP knowledge to ensure that current and future NPs are informed regarding the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members, veterans and their families.
  • Disseminating up-to-date information as it relates to TBI and psychological health conditions such as PTSD.
  • Growing the body of knowledge leading to improvements in health care and wellness for our military service members, veterans and their families.
  • Leading and advancing the supportive community of NPs, institutions and other health care providers dedicated to improving the health of military service members, veterans and their families.
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