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THRIVE Program

THRIVE Program

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The Matthew Gfeller Center is proud to expand its research and clinical programs to include the Transforming Health and Resilience in Veterans (THRIVE) Program. The THRIVE Program is made possible due to a $12.5M pledge made by the Avalon Network to UNC-Chapel Hill. The THRIVE Program enables Carolina to establish a new outreach program dedicated to treating traumatic brain injuries and related health conditions, promoting overall wellness for veterans.

Duty. Service. Honor.

The THRIVE Program’s mission is to fulfill our duty to serve Veterans and first responders by improving the evaluation and treatment of traumatic brain injuries through clinical practice, research, and education.

We will execute this mission by providing participant-centered multi-disciplinary care focused on interconnecting brain and body health to allow Veterans and first responders to better serve themselves, their families, and their communities while they live a healthy, high-quality life. Our goal is to help our Veterans and first responders THRIVE in all aspects of their lives.

Leveraging UNC expertise

The THRIVE Program leverages expertise across the entire University of North Carolina ecosystem including the UNC Health system, its statewide Physicians Network, a $1B research enterprise, and community partner engagements all coming together with one core value: Improve the quality of life of Veterans and first responders we serve. Our strength is our unique ability to maximize our collective experiences in delivering high-quality health care, conducting military relevant research, and working the solution to complex problems to address the biopsychosocial needs of Veterans and first responders.

Clinical Program – The BLUF

The THRIVE Program will offer a three-staged approach to participant care.

    1. Stage 1 (Evaluation):

The THRIVE Program begins with a detailed three-day multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation in Chapel Hill, NC.

The evaluation involves individual assessments with our multi-disciplinary team that includes:

  • Primary Care
  • Musculoskeletal medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Nutrition
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychiatry
    1. Stage 2 (Intensive Outpatient Program):

Those who qualify for our program will return for a three-week intensive outpatient program. This program will integrate conventional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine approaches. Participants and their families will receive extensive education regarding traumatic brain injury and other health conditions to improve symptom self-management aimed at enhancing quality of life.

    1. Stage 3 (Follow-up):

THRIVE Program participants will work with our case managers for up to 12 months following the completion of the intensive outpatient program (Stage 2). During this time, we will work to ensure care continues in your local communities.

Reducing Barriers to Care

The THRIVE Program team recognizes that Veterans and first responders carry diverse and unique lived experiences. No two THRIVE Program participants will be identical. We have built our program on this very basis and firmly believe in meeting you where you are in life. Our program and the philanthropic support it receives allows us to care for all Veterans and first responders regardless of:

  1. Discharge status
  2. Insurance coverage/VA benefits
  3. Distance (travel included)