Winter 2012

Services for Rural Veterans


Rex McMahill Plays CheckersGoing Home: Programs Create New Housing Options for Rural Veterans
by Candi Helseth
Medical Foster Homes and transitional housing are providing homes for elderly and once-homeless veterans.

Co-Located Clinics Bring Improved Care for Veterans in New Mexico
by Candi Helseth
An outpatient clinic in New Mexico has co-located mental health and primary care services for veterans seeking treatment.

Healing Invisible Wounds: Programs Help Rural Vets with PTSD and Depression
by Candi Helseth
In Virginia and Montana, rural veterans suffering from PTSD, depression and trauma are finding help and support in their local communities.

Telepsychiatry Fills Gaps in PTSD Care
by Candi Helseth
Telehealth services are being provided for American Indian veterans living with PTSD in rural areas on reservations in the Midwest.

What is PTSD?
What is TBI?
Stories of PTSD

Challenges for Human Services

by Kathleen Belanger
Getting Help to Rural Veterans and Their Families
Rural veterans need more services than their urban counterparts, but are less likely to find them locally.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.
Watch Your Medical School
The real issue in American medical education is geographic and specialty distribution, yet most medical schools do little to address it.

Around the Country

by Candi Helseth

Examination via Computer MonitorNetwork Brings Better, More Efficient Care to Cardiac Patients in 68 Counties
The Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network is proving that moving patients into and through a system quickly and efficiently is critical to saving lives.

Marshfield Telehealth Program Reaches Rural Kidney Patients in Northern Wisconsin
A renal disease telehealth program is serving low-income nursing home residents as well as patients who can travel to their local clinic for care.

Rural Spotlight

Rebecca Davisby Beth Blevins

An Interview with Rebecca J. Davis, Ph.D.
Rebecca Davis, Exec. Director of the National Cooperative of Health Networks Assoc., describes the purposes of networks as well as the varied career paths she followed to her current position.