Veterans with liver disease are a vulnerable group that faces health disparities. The Department of Veterans Affairs in conjunction wit the Office of Health Equity has created a dashboard to raise awareness of potential disparities and promote equitable diagnosis and treatment of underserved veterans with hepatitis C and advanced liver disease: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/mjq8
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The Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health offers a pilot program, http://bit.ly/1UPLEwC, to help rural, veteran mothers experiencing postpartum depression cope with the depression. An online intervention tool, MomMoodBooster, provides a variety of mood management resources and connects the mothers with phone coaches to help encourage the participants and track results: http://bit.ly/1J3EQLk
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a guide for primary and behavioral health professionals serving veterans and their families. Created by the SAMHSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, the guide focuses on how integrated care providers can serve veterans and their families: http://1.usa.gov/1jOQDAO
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: http://bit.ly/1FUQUwp
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: http://1.usa.gov/1J7RByu
Learn 10 more facts about the Veterans Choice Program go here: http://1.usa.gov/1J76dAo
To find out more about health issues and benefits for veterans, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1Jt6ocz
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 (http://1.usa.gov/1dVIJ6m) 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 (http://1.usa.gov/1F7xkup), 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 http://1.usa.gov/1Hb2xiv. For more information on local and national events marking National VA Research Week, visit http://1.usa.gov/1zQBeaB
“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: http://1.usa.gov/1H7J1Sr
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: http://1.usa.gov/1pZK1gb
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): http://bit.ly/1t521cB
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: http://bit.ly/19FF0a7