Community Blog - SDMFC

  • March, 2024 Convening

    March 26, 2024

    Convening Topic: “Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP): Transitions & Resources in San Diego” In this convening, we learned from and networked with organizations that support EFMP families.  It was amazing to see people interacting and asking questions! Our panel included: Shama Hearn, Navy Region Southwest (EFMP, Fleet and Family Services) Shama Hearn is the Navy […]

  • February, 2024 Convening

    February 26, 2024

    Convening Topic: “Accessing Affordable Childcare” In this convening, we learned from and networked with organizations that provide and/or financially supplement childcare for military families.  Our panel included: Jeana Kuhn, Navy Region Southwest Jeana Kuhn is the Regional School Liaison for Navy Region Southwest.  She worked with Child and Youth Programs (CYP) for close to 20 […]

  • September 2023 Convening

    September 26, 2023

      Convening Topic: “Connect & Cultivate: Managing Self-Care” In this convening, we explored what self-care means to each of us, why its important, and new ways to think about caring for yourself. We also heard from two groups who are doing work in this area with innovative programs and services. Our panel included: Tammy Michnuik, […]

  • August 2023 Convening

    August 25, 2023

    Convening Topic: “Connect & Cultivate: Welcome to San Diego”  It’s August and many of our military families are going through PCS.  Our convening will cover resources and tips for a making our military families feel welcome and part of the community.  Our panel included: Al Lejarde – Transition Specialist, USO San Diego Laurie Albrecht – […]

  • July 2023 Convening

    July 10, 2023

    Convening Topic: “Cultivating Financial Wellness”  This month, we aim to demystify what you may or may not know about personal finance, money managing, and financial literacy resources. This month’s convening featured guest speakers to examine the topic of finances, inflation, and spending for military families. Specifically, we’ll tackle how to prepare for the back to […]

  • June 2023 Convening

    June 21, 2023

    Convening Topic: “Connect & Cultivate: Raising Awareness on Food Security”  This month, we aim to demystify what you may or may not know about Food Insecurity Impacting Military Families. We will provide a panel showcasing data/facts on food security as well as learn firsthand from those supporting food distributions and who are making a meaningful […]

  • May 2023 Convening

    May 25, 2023

    Convening Topic: “Connect & Cultivate: Celebrating Military Spouses”  This month, we aim to celebrate and share a litany of resources for military spouses! We will provide a panel showcasing military spouses, a resource roundtable featuring many military and veteran service organizations as they share their specific programs and resources for military spouses, and engage in […]

  • April 2023 Convening

    April 19, 2023

    Convening Topic: “Connect & Cultivate: Month of The Military Child”  This month, we aim to celebrate and acknowledge all military kiddos! Dr. Kim Hunt,Dr. Kim Hunt (PhD)- CEO and Co-Founder, Komposset Consulting Strategies, LLC:  kdhunt@komposset.org– Dr. Hunt’s research focuses on highly mobile children with specific emphasis on military children and third culture kids. In addition, she […]

  • March 2023 Convening

    March 22, 2023

    —————————- * —————————- Convening Topic: “Connect & Cultivate with TBI Experts“ Dr. Jennifer Belding, Naval Health Research Center at Navy Medical Center – Balboa Naval Medical Center: Jennifer.n.belding.civ@health.mil–  Dr. Jennifer (Jenn) Belding serves as a project lead for several ongoing research projects that leverage archival medical and career records as well as survey data in […]

  • February 2023 Convening

    February 22, 2023

    —————————- * —————————- Convening Topic: “Connect & Cultivate with Mental Health Providers“ Ashley Tatum, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic: ATatum@cohenvvsd.org–  Ashley is a Navy veteran and mother of two teenagers. She has been working at The Steve A. Cohen Military Family Clinic for 4 years as the case manager and recently became a Substance […]