New Video to Improve Care for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Veterans
A new 1-hour video is available to support VHA Directive 1340, published in July 2017, that establishes policy regarding the respectful delivery of clinically appropriate health care to lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) Veterans. It is VHA policy that all staff provide clinically appropriate, comprehensive, Veteran-centered care with respect and dignity to LGB Veterans. Clinically appropriate care includes assessment of sexual health as indicated with all patients, and attention to health disparities experienced by LGB people. This video addresses how to ask the appropriate questions and provides scenarios to demonstrate the conversation. The video is accredited for 1 hour of ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, APA, ASWB, NBCC, and NYSED SW continuing education credit. View TMS Video
December Newsletter Now Available!
Issue features a year in review summary of the work of the SC MIRECC Research, Education and Clinical Care Cores, a summary of gaps in research, dissemination and outreach to rural Veterans from stakeholder representations on the SC MIRECC Consumer Advisory Board, an announcement for a new video to improve care for lesbian, gay and bisexual Veterans, an announcement for Dr. Gala's True presentation at a December HSR&D Cyberseminar, an announcement for rural geriatric training opportunities, and a notice for the December CBOC Rounds on identifying Veterans at risk for suicide and adverse outcomes through REACH VET. The video is accredited for 1 hour of ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, APA, ASWB, NBCC, and NYSED SW continuing education credit. Download Newseltter
SC MIRECC Investigators Featured in the HSR&D Forum on Rural Health
We congratulate Drs. Ellen Fischer and Teresa Hudson on articles in the recent issue of the HSR&D Forum on Rural Health. The Forum also highlights the work of former SC MIRECC Associate Director for Research, Dr. John Fortney. Access the Forum Rural Health issue.
Dr. Amanda Raines Begins New SC MIRECC Pilot Study to Improve Rural Veteran Access to Evidence-Based Care
We congratulate Dr. Amanda Raines on the start of her SC MIRECC pilot study, "Improving Access to Evidence-Based Care Among Rural Veterans Using a Transdiagnostic Treatment Approach." Dr. Raines is located at the SC MIRECC anchor site at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Read the full story in our October newsletter.
October is LGBT History Month
The LGBT Health Program has chosen the theme, "Do Ask, Do Tell: Coming Out to Your Provider is an Important Step to Better Healthcare," to help remind Veterans of the importance of trust and open communication in the healthcare environment. Download, print, and display the poster in common areas of your facility, including reception areas. Download the 2017 history month posters or access other posters/factsheets about LGBT Veterans.
Earn Up to 4 Free Hours of Continuing Education Credit Through PACERS Dementia E-Learning Courses
The Program for Advancing Cognitive Disorders Education for Rural Staff (PACERS) offers VA and non-VA health care providers (physicians, nurses, social workers, and counselors) free continuing education credit through a dementia e-learning program in the VA Talent Management System (VA providers) or VHA TRAIN (non-VA providers). Visit the PACERS webpage to take four courses on dementia that cover topics such as warrning signs, identification, assessment, and driving.
Chronic Pain Podcast
Adam Hoffberg with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC discusses chronic pain with SC MIRECC Clinical Educator Grant recipients Drs. Aruna Gottumukkala and Paul Sloan, who created a timely resource called the “Pocket Guide for Clinicians for Management of Chronic Pain.” With the opioid epidemic raging in the background this podcast is ever so timely. The podcast is approximately 35 minutes long. Learn more about the Rocky Mountain MIRECC.
Clinical Video Telehealth into the Home Provider Toolkit
The CVTHM Toolkit equips VA facilities, mental health providers and clinical champions with the necessary skills and procedures to deliver mental health care to Veterans through clinical video telehealth. The Toolkit supplements the mandatory trainings found on the Office of Telehealth Services website. Download the CVTHM Toolkit.