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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.
Daniel Hall, MD, MDiv, MHScScreening Frail Veterans Pre-Surgery
CHERP’s Daniel Hall, MD, MDiv, MHSc finds that frailty screening of preoperative patients may be effective and scalable for improving surgical outcomes for aging and increasingly frail US and Veteran populations.
Safe prescribing for patients with dementiaRisky dual-use prescribing for Veterans
A report by CHERP Investigators highlights the need for increased coordination between VA and Non-VA health systems to help reduce unsafe prescribing for dementia patients seeking medications across healthcare systems.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Runner on the beachWith VA Adaptive Sports, life has become a joy
It's more than therapy. The Veterans Summer Sports Clinic offers many exciting recreational opportunities for Veterans accepting the challenge to strengthen their bodies and improve their self-worth.
HealtheVet New Home pageMy HealtheVet has a New Look - Check it Out!
The next generation of My HealtheVet is here, and we think you will like what you see! The new site was recently redesigned with new colors and a cleaner look. Check it out today!
Veteran and volunteer in golf kartNational Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament
The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament, being held this week in Iowa City, Iowa, gives disabled Veterans an opportunity to learn new skills and strengthen their self-esteem.
Veteran Daniel Glanz shows off the new prosthetic hand, an iLimb QuantumVeteran Receives High-tech Prosthetic Hand
Afghanistan Veteran Daniel Glanz has a brand new prosthetic hand, an iLimb Quantum, with functions that are programmable with a smartphone app and can change functions with a simple gesture.
Veteran Alexandrea Gries and her service dog ShermanVeteran talks about suicide to help other Veterans
Combat Veteran Alexandrea Gries shares her experiences with Veterans to help them overcome their obstacles and issues. “VA is probably the single biggest reason why I'm still alive.”
Richard Weaver, Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist and Dr. Izzat Shah, M.D. Helping Hands for Healthy Hearts for PA Veterans
At the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, the new cardiac catheterization suite offers state-of-the-art care for area Veterans close to home. Less travel and loved ones by their side.
Potted plants on displayVeteran Shares Green Thumb Hobby with Fellow Vets
An Iraq war Veteran tells his story of post-combat struggles and how Veterans Affairs health care professionals helped him commit to a better life and share his green thumb hobby.
Female soldier standing in front of American FlagVeteran Sexual Trauma Victims: You Are Not Alone
After Mary experienced Military Sexual Trauma, she was afraid to report it. She thought she was alone. She got help at VA and now wants to get the word out to other Veterans about MST coordinators.
Dr. Schutzer conducting researchVeterans Find Prostate Cancer Cure at McGuire
Veterans across America travel to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of moderate to aggressive forms of prostate cancer using “brachytherapy” a much better option for Veterans.
Doctor and patient shaking hands10 Things About The Veterans Choice Program
Here's all the information about the Veterans Choice Program. Find out if you are eligible to receive health care from a community provider. How is the 40-mile calculation determined? And other FAQs.

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