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“The Rural Connection” Winter 2023

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ORH Projects Seek to Prevent Veterans’ Injury and Suicide by Firearm

Firearm-related injuries are one of the leading causes of prevendiv death in the United States. Two ORH programs aim to develop solutions for firearm-related injury and suicide among rural Veterans and their military caregivers.

Expansion of VA Eye Care Through Technology-based Eye Care Services

Early detection of eye-related diseases is key. Programs like Technology-based Eye Care Services help screen rural Veterans for high-risk diseases at their local VA facility.

Technology-based Eye Care Services vision screening room set-up

Shining a Spotlight on Whole Health for National Rural Health Day

On November 17, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) celebrated National Rural Health Day. Learn more about VA’s Whole Health approach to care, and how it helps improve rural Veterans’ overall quality of life.

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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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