Join the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) for Facebook Live: Mind and Body Approaches and Military Personnel and Their Families on April 25, 2017 at 1pm ET. Experts from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences will “discuss mind and body approaches, such as meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques for pain, PTSD, anxiety, and insomnia in the military population.” Visit the NCCIH Live Event page for more information and links to archives of past Facebook Live events in this series such as “Pain and Opioid Management in Veterans” and “Promoting Resilience in Military Families.”
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The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center is offering a webinar series for providers and others who work with people experiencing or at risk for homelessness.
- WEBINAR: Homelessness in Special Populations: Formerly Incarcerated
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:00PM ET
- WEBINAR: Homelessness in Special Populations: Veterans
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 2:00PM ET
- WEBINAR: Homelessness in Special Populations: Women
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 2:00PM ET
- WEBINAR: Homelessness in Special Populations: Youth
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:00PM ET
MedlinePlus has information on Homeless Health Concerns: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9zr5
SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents:
Resources, Innovations, and Partnerships: Supporting the Wellness of Military Children and their Families
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 1:30pm EST
Register at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9lrz
Research has shown that military and veteran children are particularly resilient, especially when provided with the right tools, activities, and support. This webinar will provide answers in your search for resources, with an overview of the research on military and veteran children and tips for supporting military families. Presenters will also discuss strategies to build partnerships and develop targeted messaging to better engage and support military and veteran families. Sesame Street, a leader in creating effective resources for supporting the wellness and resiliency of young children, will be featured. Several of Sesame Workshop’s new and most effective tools and resources will be highlighted, including their latest mobile app and resources for military and veteran children. Participants will be able to download the mobile app, a variety of links, and innovative tools and resources to aid parents, caregivers, educators, and providers in providing the needed support to the children of our service members and veterans.
Please visit these links to view the resources that will be highlighted during the webinar:
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
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