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‘CONNECT NY’ features Beyond PTSD: Veterans, Mental Health and Society in May, The First 1,000 Days: From Conception to Pre-K

WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster, presents new episodes on its “CONNECT NY” public affairs TV series in May and June.

‘CONNECT NY–Beyond PTSD: Veterans, Mental Health & Society’
May 13 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV
Veterans returning from combat have to fight for mental health services and against the stigma it carries. Now they are in the crosshairs of the debate over so-called Red Flag gun laws. How can we balance providing both male and female veterans with the services they need, and ensure they’re treated fairly when they return home?

• Derek Coy, Veterans’ Health Officer of the NYS Health Foundation
• Melissa Spicer, Co-founder of Clear Path for Veterans
• Dr. Tanya S. Bowen is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Dr. Bowen works as the Behavioral Health Consultant for Team Red, the Women’s Health Clinic and as the LGBT Veteran’s Care Coordinator. In these capacities, she provides brief behavioral interventions, support and referral to Veterans presenting with a wide array of concerns.
• Kenneth Marfilius is a visiting teacher professor at Syracuse University’s Falk College. Prof. Marfilius has a specialization in military mental health, veteran social work, suicide prevention, substance use prevention and treatment and military culture and social work practice. He is also a veteran.

‘CONNECT NY–The First 1,000 Days: From Conception to Pre-K’
June 24 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV
A child´s first three years are the most crucial years of their development. With that in mind, New York State created the “First 1,000 Days on Medicaid Initiative” in the summer of 2017. Just about two years into the program, “CONNECT NY” discusses how it’s shaping up with a team of experts in fields including child care, education, child welfare, and public health.

“CONNECT NY” offers lively insightful discussion, information and analysis on timely topics that affect residents across the Empire State. The show tackles those public affairs topics significant in the lives of New Yorkers across the state. Viewers will explore personal experiences, important conflicts and tough issues unfolding at the state level through the lens of the stakeholders involved. The show aims to shed light on potential solutions to the complex problems New Yorkers seek to solve through perspectives from those in government, labor and environmental organizations, community leadership, law, and business.

A panel of leaders and experts lend their perspective in a dynamic discussion moderated by Susan Arbetter, WCNY’s director, public affairs and host of WCNY’s statewide daily broadcast radio show “The Capitol Pressroom.”

About WCNY
WCNY was founded in 1965 as The Educational Television Council of Central New York. Today it is a community-owned media company that produces content across multiple platforms, including television and radio programs, dynamic web and targeted email content, the WCNY CONNECT member magazine, and social media. Through online stream technology, WCNY has a global broadcast audience of viewers and listeners throughout the United States and 17 countries. WCNY operates five digital, pledge-free broadcast channels and three radio stations. Towers are located in Watertown and Utica, and WCNY’s radio programming extends into Canada. Classic FM is one of a few radio stations in the world dedicated to locally programmed music.

Educational services include workshops; a 10,000 square-foot building with dedicated Education Center; Read Out, a radio reading service for the visually impaired; Enterprise America for middle school students; and a media and marketing communications program for high school students.

WCNY is LEED® Platinum Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest certification level achievable in Leadership, Energy & Environmental Design. Other achievements include Business of the Year in the nonprofit category in 2014 by CenterState CEO.

Haley Dubnoff
Director, Marketing, Communications & Creative Services
415 W. Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13204
(315) 385-7317

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