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Resources by Topic: Veterans

The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey Chartbook
Presents data form the American Community Survey for Appalachia from 2013-2017. Details data pertaining to health insurance coverage, transportation, and internet access, among other measures.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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National Security Subcommittee Hearing: Veteran and Active-Duty Military Suicides
Provides a recording of a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on veteran and active-duty service member suicides. Addresses efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) to prevent suicides as well as the roles of mental health and crisis support groups, local communities, and veterans advocacy organizations. Includes some discussion related to rural. Features testimonies from the Veterans Health Administration, National Director of Suicide Prevention, the U.S. Department of Defense Mental Health Programs and Defense Suicide Prevention Office, and RAND Corporation.
Additional links: Richard Stone Testimony
Date: 05/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Committee on Oversight and Reform, U.S. House of Representatives
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Report on Promoting Broadband Internet Access Service for Veterans Pursuant to the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act of 2018
Provides an overview of broadband access and broadband adoption for low-income and rural veteran households. Details barriers for veterans accessing broadband and efforts to increase access, such as the Universal Service Fund and Rural Health Care programs. Discusses the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) special focus on providing healthcare services for veterans in rural and remote location via telehealth. Offers recommendations for Congress regarding broadband access for low-income and rural veterans.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Veterans Health Care: VA Needs to Address Challenges as It Implements the Veterans Community Care Program
Examines challenges and lessons learned from the former Veterans Choice Program in order to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implement the new Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP), which allows veterans to seek healthcare services from non-VA facilities in certain situations. Addresses the proposed access standards for the VCCP program. Offered as testimony at the April 10, 2019 U.S. Senate hearing, VA MISSION Act: Implementing the Veterans Community Care Program.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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VA MISSION Act: Implementing the Veterans Community Care Program
Recording of a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs regarding the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act, which is intended to expand healthcare access for Veterans, including in rural communities. Discussion addresses proposed access standards, which take into consideration drive times and wait times. Includes testimonies from the Veterans Health Administration, Government Accountability Office, Disabled American Veterans, and others.
Additional links: Adrian Atizado Testimony, VA MISSION ACT: Community Care Eligibility Summary
Date: 04/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate
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The Health Equity Implementation Framework: Proposal and Preliminary Study of Hepatitis C Virus Treatment
Describes an implementation framework used to evaluate barriers to hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment for elderly, rural, Black, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients in the South. Identifies barriers and facilitators for HCV treatment. Discusses how the Health Equity Implementation Framework can be used to help research and address health disparities.
Author(s): Eva N. Woodward, Monica M. Matthieu, Uchenna S. Uchendu, Shari Rogal, JoAnn E. Kirchner
Citation: Implementation Science, 14(1), 26
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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Using Implementation Facilitation to Implement Primary Care Mental Health Integration via Clinical Video Telehealth in Rural Clinics: Protocol for a Hybrid Type 2 Cluster Randomized Stepped-wedge Design
Presents a study on the effectiveness of telehealth in mental health integration in rural Veterans Health Administration clinics. Outlines implementation timeline and discusses the results of the implementation.
Author(s): Richard R. Owen, Eva N. Woodward, Karen L. Drummond, et al.
Citation: Implementation Science, 14, 33
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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VA and Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Strengthen Oversight and Coordination of Health Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans
Report discusses the relationship between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) with regard to providing care to American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. Details the cooperative agreement between the two entities and the ways their efforts could be improved.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Vietnam-Era Veterans Represent the Largest Share of All Rural Veterans
Bar chart showing the rural and urban veteran population by service period, based on 2017 American Community Survey data.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Healthcare Professionals' Views of Palliative Care for American War Veterans with Non-malignant Respiratory Disease Living in a Rural Area: A Qualitative Study
Discussed the views of healthcare professionals on palliative care for rural veterans with chronic lung diseases in Idaho. Highlights the providers' perception of veterans' understanding of the disease and it's progression, as well as barriers to palliative care services.
Author(s): Clare Mc Veigh, Joanne Reid, Paula Carvalho
Citation: BMC Palliative Care, 18, 22
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
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