In an effort to increase rural Veterans’ access to care and services, VA’s Office of Rural Health (ORH) launched a redesigned website with all new content. This redesigned website offers Veterans, providers, partners and media easy access to the information they need to improve the health and well-being of rural Veterans.

The site was developed to help ORH achieve its vision that Veterans thrive in rural communities, and is supported by a mobile-friendly platform to enable customers to access information when, where and how they choose.

VA’s rural health website concentrates on providing content specifically for providers, researchers, and program and facility administrators. The rural medical community can read about and download implementation information for ORH Rural Promising Practices on a variety of health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, cardiac care, geriatrics and HIV.

Community providers can learn how to enroll in the Veterans Choice Program and students can learn about a career at VA. Researchers will have access to the latest published innovations in rural health care.

The redesigned website, www.ruralhealth.va.gov, aims to be a conduit for community collaborations that support the integration of local, state and federal programs and services that support rural Veterans. The site offers centralized information on rural Veterans, and the programs and services VA offers in coordination with strategic national partners.

The new partnership section of the website features a list of collaborating organizations, partnership efforts and outreach toolkit.

To improve ease of use, the mobile-friendly site features information segmented by user-type, simplified navigation to reduce the number of clicks required to find information, resource libraries and a news feed. The ORH website strives to disseminate knowledge about rural Veterans and their unique needs, including:

  • Research e-library
  • The award-winning ORH newsletter, The Rural Connection
  • Virtual training, including recorded webinars
  • Rural Promising Practices implementation information
  • Veterans Choice Program information

Rural providers, researchers and partners are encouraged to visit and link to VA’s restructured rural Veterans health website at www.ruralhealth.va.gov. Suggestions of additional content can be emailed to ORHcomms@va.gov.

Visit the new website on your PC, tablet or mobile device.


About the Author: Emily Oehler is the Office of Rural Health Communications Manager

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Published on Sep. 8, 2016

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7 Comments

  1. Evelyn Franks September 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Is there anyone out there with multiple myeloma igG-Kappa?

  2. Richard l wilson September 10, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I can’t find a Danny dr that will accept the choice program three of them said its a joke, no one answers the phone so they cant get paid. I asked do you know any Dr you can do a refferal to they said nOn ONe IS GETTING paid by the choice program so no one will take it.

  3. Eddie Patterson September 9, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    First of all I would like to thank God for keeping this project going that helps our Veterans receive the help or treatment that they deserve, because I’ve been fighting for 18 years or more to receive my disability retirement pension, which doesn’t make any sense because they have all my medical records on file.and all they can say is that we sorry for the delay we are working on it. Needless to say that the U.S Department of Veteran affairs need to do what is wright for our Men and Women who put they lifestyle out for they country and in return can’t get the help that need if they were hurt in the Army on active duty. Thanks US Army Veteran! Eddie Patterson

  4. Eddie Patterson September 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Due what is wright for our Veterans who served for our freedom!

  5. DR JACK TAYLOR September 8, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    PLEASE EXCEPT MY APOLOGY FOR THE ALL CAPS IN MY MESSAGE. AS I AM LEGALLY BLIND, THE LARGER TYPE IS A GREAT HELP TO ME.

    THANKS,

    DR JACK TAYLOR

  6. DR JACK TAYLOR September 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I AM IN THE VET’S CHOICE PROGRAM AND I HAVE FOUND THAT THE “OUTSIDE DOCTORS” ARE DOING A GREAT SERVICE. HOWEVER, THE CONNECTION BETWEEN TRI-WEST AND THE VA IS A NIGHTMARE. EXAMPLE: I NOW HAVE TWO OF MY OUTSIDE DOCTORS HAVE TOLD ME THAT BECAUSE OF THE COMMUNICATION INCOMPETENCE OF THE COORDINATION OF TRI-WEST AND VA, THESE DOCTORS WILL NO LONGER SERVICE VETERANS UNDER THE PROGRAM.

    I HAVE SPOKE TO TRI-WEST AND THEY MAKE NICE PROMISES THAT THEY DON’T KEEP.

    TODAY, I VISITED MY LOCAL VA, REDDING, CA CLINIC AND WANTED TO EXPRESS MY CONCERN TO THE SITE MANAGER, MR. DON BLACK. HE WAS NOT IN AND I REQUESTED THAT HE PHONE ME TO SET UP MUTUALLY CONVENIENT TIME TO MEED IN PERSON TO GIVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE APPRISED OF HOW THE VETS UNDER HIS WATCH ARE BEING TREATED BY THE VA/TRI-WEST INEPTITUDE. DON’T GET ME WRONG, THE REDDING CLINIC IS A TEXT BOOK OF VERY GOOD SERVICE TO THE INHOUSE PATIENTS.

    IN MY LITTLE COMMUNIY OF REDDING, CA I HAVE NOW TWO WONDERFUL DOCTORS WHO HAVE TOLD ME THEY WILL NO LONGER SERVICE THE VETS UNDER THE CURRENT CONDITIONS OF NONSENSE THEY HAVE TO CONTEND WITH. THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN DESCRIBED TO ME AS THE DOCTORS AND THEIR STAFF FEEL THEY ARE BEING TREATED LIKE A “TENNIS BALL,” BEING BATED AROUND BACK FORTH BE BETWEEN TR-WEST AND THE VA AND THEY HAVE LOST THEIR DESIRE AS A RESULT. VERY SAD INDEED!

    PLEASE HAVE SOMEONE IN AUTHORITY PHONE ME TO DISCUSS THIS SNAFU THAT WILL MOST SURELY BE HARMFUL TO THE VETS; AND IS MOST PROBABLY A NATIONAL PROBLEM.

    THANKS,

    DR JACK TAYLOR

  7. Michael Buchanan September 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Bring the mobile bus back to Charles City county at least once a month

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