DALLAS – R4 Alliance, a national association of integrative wellness and therapeutic recreation providers, recently selected Equest Hooves for Heroes program as one of 10 pioneering organizations to help launch the R4 Coordinated Care Network. The first of its kind, the network, created by R4 Alliance in partnership with technology firm Unite Us, will digitally connect recreational, therapeutic and rehabilitation organizations across the nation to enable service members, veterans and their families to more easily access integrative wellness services.
Through equine-assisted activities and therapies, Equest’s Hooves for Heroes program, the fastest growing program at Equest, helps veterans and their families transition from military to civilian life and excel as community members, neighbors, and civic leaders. The individually tailored program includes mental health counseling, physical and occupational therapy, therapeutic horsemanship, therapeutic carriage driving and more. In five short years, Equest’s Hooves for Heroes has helped more than 600 veterans and military family members at no cost, thanks to grant funding, charitable donations and underwriting.
The network launched across seven states through the efforts of ten pioneer providers: Equest, Give an Hour, Higher Ground Sun Valley, paws4people Foundation, Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, Project Healing Waters, Project Sanctuary, Team River Runner, World T.E.A.M. Sports, and Vets4Warriors. After this pilot program, the goal is for the R4 Coordinated Care Network to expand and include the other R4 Alliance member organizations.
Bert Gillette, director of operations for the R4 Alliance, commented on this initiative, “The launch of this network is a huge step forward for R4 and the veteran communities we serve. The network will enable veterans and their families to access a variety of services that they may not have had access to before and continue our mission of optimizing wellness for our military family through nature and recreation.”
The partnership between R4 Alliance and Unite Us is an extension of the work that both organizations are doing to bridge the gaps in the fragmented health and human service landscape. R4 Alliance currently has more than 80 member organizations across the US with a focus on recreation and integrative wellness services. Unite Us has created a cloud-based software that powers coordinated care networks in 24 communities across 14 states.