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Resources by Topic: Veterans

Neighborhood Resources to Support Healthy Diets and Physical Activity Among US Military Veterans
Results of a study using data from 2013 to describe residential environments of veterans, in regard to availability of food and recreational opportunities. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by six levels of urbanicity, including micropolitan and noncore.
Author(s): Elizabeth Tarlov, Shannon N. Zenk, Stephen A. Matthews, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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No Wrong Door: Supporting Community Living for Veterans
Reports on several Veteran-Directed Home- and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) programs in 7 states. Presents a breakdown of each program and highlights challenges each program had to overcome. Bases analysis on 2 separate state surveys. Also includes tools useful to building collaborative partnerships between VA medical providers and aging and disability agencies in order to better serve veterans in their communities.
Author(s): Christina Neill Bowen, Wendy Fox-Grage, Kali Thomas, James Rudolph
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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Rural Veteran Population Continues to Decline Despite Rise in Post-9/11 Veterans
Chart showing the change in the rural veteran population from 2006 to 2016, with a comparison of pre-9/11 and post-9/11 rural veterans.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Veterans Health Administration: Better Data and Evaluation Could Help Improve Physician Staffing, Recruitment, and Retention Strategies
Reviews the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) recruitment and retention strategies, specifically for VHA physicians working in the five areas identified as mission-critical: primary care, mental health, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, and emergency medicine. Presents information on how many VHA physicians provide care, the extent VHA measures physician workload and productivity, and how current recruitment and retention strategies are evaluated. Makes recommendations for improving VHA workforce development and planning based on interviews with VHA officials and a review of VHA documentation.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Organizations Help Veterans Transition into Healthcare Careers
Highlights the work of the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit and the Consortium of Michigan Veterans Educators to help veterans pursue careers in healthcare. Discusses the role veterans have played in the past and continue to play in meeting the health workforce needs of rural communities. Identifies barriers veterans face transitioning to health careers.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation of VA Home-based Primary Care on American Indian Reservations: A Qualitative Multi-case Study
Highlights a study on the efficacy of the Veterans Health Affairs (VA) home-based primary care program at providing non-institutional long-term care for rural American Indian veterans living on reservations. Bases findings on a qualitative analysis of interviews conducted with staff, clinicians, and managers who oversaw the program's implementation. Discusses the challenges, barriers, and facilitators related the program's expansion into Indian Country.
Author(s): B. Josea Kramer, Sarah D. Cote, Diane I. Lee, Beth Creekmur, Debra Saliba
Location: Implementation Science, 12, 109
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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Veterans Are Positioned To Contribute Economically to Rural Communities
Describes the geographic distribution of rural working age and elderly veterans. Identifies the employment sectors where rural veterans work, including their contribution to education and health-related occupations. Compares the earnings of rural veterans and nonveterans by employment sector.
Author(s): Tracey Farrigan
Location: Amber Waves
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Response to Commentary: Partnered Research to Improve Health of Rural Veterans
Describes how VA-funded Centers of Innovation (COINs) develop strategies optimizing care for veterans in rural areas. Focuses on programs in Salt Lake City, Utah; West Haven, Connecticut; and North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Author(s): Teresa Hudson
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Research Highlight: Building an Adequate VA Care Network - Evaluating the Impact of Choice Providers
Discusses the impact of VA Choice providers on VA network adequacy. Focuses primarily on the impact of Choice providers located in areas of low VA network adequacy, such as rural areas and/or healthcare shortage areas.
Author(s): Evan Carey
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Research Highlight: Identifying Barriers to Engagement in Mental Health Care: Perspectives of Rural Veterans and Providers
Describes a study of ways that attitudes influence treatment-seeking and use of mental health services among veterans in rural areas. Features results from interviews with 25 rural veterans and 11 rural mental health care providers in Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, and Wisconsin.
Author(s): Ellen P. Fischer, Jean C. McSweeney, Patricia Wright
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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