Military Kids Connect Resources for Providers

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Military kids face unique challenges such as frequent family moves and separations from parents due to deployments. These stressors can affect their health and well-being. The Department of Defense has created an online community for military youth ages 6-17. Military Kids Connect (MKC) offers age-appropriate resources and a social media platform for military youth to connect with their peers: http://militarykidsconnect.dcoe.mil/

In addition, MKC now offers free resources for providers. "Primary care providers have a key role in screening military youth for stress reactions and other behavioral health problems," says Dr. Kelly A. Blasko, the Mobile Web Program Lead at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. To that end, a quick reference guide for medical providers called Prescription: Military Kids Connect was created. Dr. Blasko says the guide focuses on the needs of the military youth patient population and describes the tools, activities and resources available to these patients on the MKC website and social media communities. Also available are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) counter cards that highlight MKC resources for children who have a parent with PTSD or mTBI. To place an order for these free resources, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WKDSXXD

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State can help these efforts by providing the right tools and information to the professionals serving military families. We have reviewed the evidence base behind over 950 programs. Click here to try our interactive, searchable database: http://www.militaryfamilies.psu.edu/programs/find-programs?show=all Additionally, our Technical Assistance team stands ready to help you find, implement, and evaluate evidence-based programs and practices. Technical assistance agents may be reached through live chat, phone 1-877-382-9185, or email Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 5 PM ET.