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Ann-Marie Rosland, MDVA PACT Improves Outcomes
This study demonstrated that the extent to which clinics had implemented components of VA PACT was associated with improvements in the quality of care for Veterans with chronic conditions over a four year period.
Mary Ersek, PhD, RN,Penn Award to Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, FPCN
CHERP Core Investigator Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, FPCN, received the 2017 Norma M. Lang Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy, given annually for distinguished contribution to nursing through scholarly practice.
VA Secretary David ShulkinLeadership Oppty: Chief, Office of Health Equity
The VA Office of Health Equity seeks a Chief Officer to lead the program to tackle health and health care disparities across the VA. VA Secretary Shulkin ranks health equity as a major priority in VHA.
Veterans homelessness is a key issue for CHERPMedical Care special issue on VA Health Equity
Medical Care, in collaboration with national VA HSR&D Centers for Innovation focused on health equity – CHERP and the Health Equity and HEROIC, has published a special issue VA Health Equity Research.
Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhDVISN4 CHERP Pilot Projects FY18
Four pilot research projects submitted by VISN 4 investigators have been recommended for funding. These one-year projects focus on improving equity and/or quality in health and health care among Veterans.
Help for arthritis painTesting Positive Psychology for Arthritis Pain
CHERP study engaged patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis to build positive psychological skills. Improving symptom severity and psychosocial well-being, the intervention shows promise for chronic pain management.
Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBACHERP's Ibrahim on Decision Aids in NEJM
NEJM published a Perspective by CHERP’s Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA, on improving communication between providers and patients, especially racial minorities who are much less likely to have needed joint replacement.
Dr. Shulkin cares for Veteran patientAddressing Opioid Epidemic in US
CHERP Investigators Gellad and Good publish JAMA Viewpoint with VA Secretary Shulkin on Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in the U.S. Using Lessons from the Department of Veterans Affairs
VISN4 Investigators invited to apply for CHERP Pilot FundingCHERP VISN4 Pilot Funding
VISN4 investigators: apply for CHERP pilot research funds to improve quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable Veterans or to improve quality, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics.
Walid GelladVA Pharmacy Use: 1st Year Choice Act
Safe use of opioids, efficient management of non-formulary meds, and unintended barriers to access created by the VCP must be addressed, and new cost, quality, and safety concerns identified to ensure high quality care.

From the Veterans Health Administration

National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.
Women Veterans on the lake in canoesWomen Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing
Women Veterans attend Healing in Nature Retreat which promotes whole health and wellness to help women Veterans explore personal wellness goals. “My best six days since coming home.”

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