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VA Connecticut Healthcare System

 

Veteran Health Education Program

Jackie Wolf, RN is the Veteran Health Education program coordinator

Jackie Wolf, RN, Veteran Health Education program coordinator ensures that the latest health information is available in our Patient Education Learning Center.

By Melissa Gaines
Friday, December 16, 2011

Patients often have health questions or concerns they wish to address outside of normal clinic appointments.  We offer a  Veteran Health Education program that provides a host of health-related information for patients and their family members. 

The Veteran Health Education program is a service that assesses patient educational needs and develops programs to improve quality of life.  VA Connecticut offers many programs for health and wellness, disease prevention, chronic illness self-management, and safety in the home and community.

Through these programs, VA Connecticut provides important education for veterans and their families.  Classes are taught from a multi-disciplinary perspective to ensure that all areas of health care are covered (nutrition, pharmaceuticals, etc).  The program also participates in shared medical visits at our various locations so that veterans across the state are provided with the health education and coaching they need.  Other initiatives include improving access to information for patients and their families and coordinating health fairs for both veterans and staff.

In addition to educating patients, VA Connecticut also focuses on providing education to our employees.  Clinical employees are assisted in providing health resources for patient education.  Working to educate clinical providers ensures the best possible care and health for our patients.  Veteran Health Education also promotes community outreach and often works with outside resources and organizations.  A few groups we’ve worked with include the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and various veteran service organizations.

Veteran Health Education is currently focusing on helping to improve the lives of veterans diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and diabetes.  Along with resources and information, Veteran Health Education has organized a Wii Fit Club for patients with Parkinson’s Disease and diabetes overview classes to help veterans self-manage their diabetes.

We’re hosting the 19th Annual Diabetes Conference on March 23, 2012.  Other upcoming events include workshops as part of the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.  Six classes will be held at the West Haven campus throughout January, February and March designed for adults who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems by managing medications, eating and exercising well, finding solutions to problems and more.  Each session offers skills and techniques to help veterans with chronic disease improve their well-being and overall health.

The West Haven campus has a Patient and Family Education Resource Center.  Here, veterans and their families can obtain free information on safety, medication, chronic illness self-management, health and wellness information, and disease prevention.

If you have questions about the Veteran Health Education program, classes offered or upcoming events, contact the Veteran Health Education Coordinator at 203-932-5711 ext. 5189.

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