In a unique partnering between a small business and a school of social work, VetAdvisor® recruits and hires graduates of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work as coaches, and all of our non-veteran employees have completed USC’s Military Culture continuing education course, giving VetAdvisor® services a true value-added differentiator. With an ability to concentrate on Military Social Work and Veteran Services, USC graduates are uniquely qualified to work with military veterans. By providing an employment pipeline for alumni of this prestigious program, VetAdvisor® has positioned itself as a premier provider of proactive preventative care for military veterans.
VetAdvisor® and Dr. Michael Smith, Director of Johns Hopkins University Center for Behavior and Health, have partnered to collect the data necessary to understand veteran sleep issues by conducting a national veteran sleep survey. Johns Hopkins’ sleep expert Smith serves as the survey’s primary research partner. Smith developed questions aimed at helping to delineate the multiple potential causes of sleep disturbances in the veteran population and the extent to which these causes may be amenable to behavioral and coaching–related interventions. An important dimension of the survey is to understand the barriers that veterans face with respect to seeking appropriate medical and/or behavioral health treatment for their sleep problems.
Designed by leading sleep experts, the LARK™ silent alarm, sleep tracker, and personal sleep coach offers cutting-edge sleep tracking and personalized sleep coaching. The LARK™ wristband synchs to an app available for all iOS devices, allowing the user to tailor a sleep plan and self-monitor in order to improve sleep patterns and quality. VetAdvisor® specifically addresses veteran-centric sleep issues for LARK™ users who are plugged into our platform.
Fitbit’s sensitive 3-D motion sensor tracks details a pedometer can’t catch, showing exact steps taken, calories burned, and distance traveled and its altimeter tracks floors climbed. The Fitbit tracks real-time stats and when docked uploads those stats so that users can join groups and provide each other encouragement via social networks. This social engagement, coupled with self- monitoring and tracking, allows the VetAdvisor® coach to help the veteran meet fitness and wellness goals and achieve increased motivation and adherence.