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New Issue of The Nation’s Health

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The October 2015 of The Nation’s Health from the American Public Health Association has several articles of interest to BHIC readers, including:

  • Public health messaging helps public understand environmental health
    A new toolkit is available to make environmental health accessible for nonprofessionals.
  • Study: Not enough gay, bisexual teen boys get tested for HIV
    At-risk kids do not have the knowledge, access they need.
  • Exiting military for misconduct linked to homelessness risk
    A study shows homelessness is more likely for veterans with marks on their record.
  • Healthy You: Yoga: A complementary health approach

Access full issue:

More Veterans Get Choice in Healthcare

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Faster, Closer Access Expands

More veterans now have access to faster, closer healthcare through the Veterans Choice Program.  The Choice Program allows vets to see doctors who are not associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs, if:

The vet enrolled in VA health care on or before August 1, 2014, or is eligible to enroll as a recently discharged combat veteran


The vet has been (or will be) waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care


The vet lives more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility or faces one of several excessive travel burdens.

The VA recently changed how it determines how far a vet lives from the nearest VA medical facility, using actual driving distance instead of measuring the distance in a straight line. That means more veterans are now eligible for the program under the 40-mile rule.


Veterans Choice Program:

Learn 10 more facts about the Veterans Choice Program go here:

To find out more about health issues and benefits for veterans, visit:

VA Research Commemorates 90 Years of Health Care Innovation Focused on Improving Veterans’ Lives

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs will highlight 90 years of improving the lives of Veterans and other Americans through medical and prosthetics research when it celebrates National VA Research Week May 18–22, 2015, at host medical facilities across the United States and its territories.

“VA Research and Development plays a pivotal role in improving the health of Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “In addition, the advances in health care developed by VA have benefited millions of other Americans and patients worldwide.”

VA medical centers across the nation will mark VA Research Week ( with special events such as tours of their research facilities, lectures, poster displays and luncheons to honor the Veterans who voluntarily participate in VA studies.  The week-long activities will highlight current research, much of it focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, and using new technology in fields such as brain imaging, DNA sequencing and cell therapy. Another highlight of Research Week will center on VA’s Million Veteran Program (, which aims to create one of the world’s largest databases of health and genetic information. To date, the program has enrolled some 350,000 Veterans. To learn more about the work of VA researchers, past and present, visit For more information on local and national events marking National VA Research Week, visit

Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

“VA’s Strategic Plan recognizes the challenge rural Veterans face in accessing their benefits and emphasizes partnership between VA and community agencies as a means of improving access for all Veterans.”

“This toolkit contains the lessons learned from community focus groups and pilots in three rural communities. Without the support of our community partners, many of whom are Veterans, this endeavor would have been more difficult and we are indebted to them for their assistance.

Using this toolkit can increase partnerships between VA and rural communities and enhance VA’s ultimate goal of “Improving the quality of life for Veterans who live in rural communities.” This toolkit will help:

  • Build a relationship between VA and rural communities
  • Teach rural communities about benefits and services available to Veterans
  • Connect VA programs with community partners to assist Veterans
  • Improve outreach to Veterans living in rural areas
  • Help rural Veterans access local community resources
  • Increase Veteran enrollment in rural areas”

To learn more and download the toolkit:

Free PTSD Treatment Learning Module from AHRQ

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

A learning module on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder is the latest addition to AHRQ’s free continuing medical education activities based on patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The module, “Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” is intended for mental health care providers, including primary care providers, psychiatrists, other physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, health educators and case managers:

New report: Addressing the Health Care Needs of Rural Veterans

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

A new report, published National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, provides guidance to state offices of rural health and others who are involved in the delivery of health care and health information to rural veterans. The report includes rural veteran statistics, issues specific to rural veteran health care and potential solutions/best practices, and a review of recent literature.

Read the report (.pdf):

New app: Suicide Lifeguard

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Suicide Lifeguard is a free app, available on both Android and Apple devices, for anyone concerned that someone they know may be contemplating suicide. The app, created by the Missouri Suicide Prevention Project, includes warning signs, response tips and resources specifically for special populations, such as veterans and those that identify as LGBTQ.

More information:

Veterans and Military Health: Resources

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Happy Veterans Day! MedlinePlus has a number of resources to support the health of veterans, service members, and their families.

Veterans and Military Health:

Veterans and Military Family Health:

Joining Forces Wellness Week: Webinar Series

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The Association of American Medical Colleges is sponsoring daily webinars this week “to heighten awareness about the health needs of the nation’s veterans, service members, and families, and elevate the role that medical schools and teaching hospitals play in serving this community.”

All webinars will take place from 12-1pm ET.

Monday, November 11, 2013: Taking a Military Health History: Four Critical Questions

Tuesday, November 12, 2013: Understanding Generational Differences in Veterans and their Health Needs

Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Suicide Symptoms and Prevention

Thursday, November 14, 2013: Military Sexual Trauma: What Civilian Providers Need to Know

Friday, November 15, 2013: Recognizing the Needs of Parents of Service Members

Register for the webinars:

Find out more information about Joining Forces:

Veterans Resources

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Directory of Veterans and Military Service Organizations and State Directors of Veterans Affairs. A list of chartered and non-chartered organizations representing the needs and interests of veterans. Information provided includes the organization’s status, address, phone number, fax number, website, e-mail address, and key officers.


Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Rural Health – Publications access peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations, issue briefs, fact sheets, among other types of publications addressing topics related to veteran health in rural areas.


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization – We Honor Veterans: Rural Veterans describes special considerations for delivering care to veterans in rural communities. Offers resources for more information.