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“The Rural Connection” Fall 2022

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Office of Rural Health Publishes 2021 Annual Report

ORH recently published its annual report, Thrive. Each year, Thrive outlines ORH-funded programs and initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges that rural Veterans face nationwide.

Home-Based Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs Deliver Essential Care to Rural Veterans

ORH Rural Promising Practices (RPP) are innovative local projects which address rural Veterans’ health care and access challenges. In the second of a series of articles highlighting RPPs, we look at two home-based rehabilitation programs.

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Veterans Receive Prescription Produce from Local Farm

Healthy eating and nutrition can be a challenge for many rural Americans. To help solve this issue, the White River Junction VA Medical Center partnered with a local youth organization to bring fresh local produce and recipe ideas to Veterans in Vermont.

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In case you missed it, read last quarter’s issue here.

To support the health and well-being of rural Veterans, the Office of Rural Health (ORH) and its Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers establish and disseminate initiatives that increase access to care for the 2.7 million rural Veterans enrolled in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ health care system. Key focus areas include programs that address workforce shortages, transportation, primary care, mental health, telehealth and specialty care. To learn more, visit www.ruralhealth.va.gov.

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