VCAT Community Coordinator

Elana Bridges PortraitAs the Veterans Services Community Coordinator, Elena Bridges is responsible for organizing and implementing the development of Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams. She provides leadership in creating and maintaining a centralized source for community Veterans service organizations to network and collaborate with one another, focusing on education, employment, health care, and quality of life.

As part of the Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams, her role is an integral part of the “no wrong door” approach to helping Veterans and their families seek services.

Before joining Altarum Institute, Mrs. Bridges worked as the Coordinator and Project Manager with Grand Valley State University Office of the Vice Provost for Health’s Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Education Project. The research project was in collaboration with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, providing rehabilitation care and education to wounded warriors who sustained traumatic brain injuries.

As Coordinator for the project, Mrs. Bridges had responsibilities that included implementing marketing and advertising campaigns instrumental in recruitment and sustainment that filled all patient openings. She designed and produced the Warrior Traumatic Brain Injury and Polytrauma Health Provider Manual, educational manuals for the Wounded Warriors Project, patient information handouts, and videos.

She also implemented and designed a military-relevant online website for health professionals to earn continuing medical education, continuing nursing education, and continuing education unit credits.

Before joining Grand Valley State University, Mrs. Bridges was employed by the Military Personnel Services Corporation as a contractor working with military personnel and their families as a Family Assistance Center Specialist for the Michigan National Guard. She holds a bachelor’s of arts in graphic design from Western Michigan University.



BA, Graphic Design, Western Michigan University