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VA Western Colorado Health Care System

 

Health Education

VA Western Colorado Health Care System provides a number of ways for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and participate in personalized, proactive, patient-centered care. We are committed to honor veterans through excellent service.

Patient Education

Patient education is an important part of your health care during clinic visits, hospitalization and following discharge from the hospital. You and your family should understand your medical condition, treatment choices and the self-care practices that will help you deal with your condition as effectively as possible. Make sure you write down any questions you have about your medical condition and don't hesitate to ask your health care provider or nurse for educational materials and resources to help with your self-care.

Whole Health Center and Library Service

The center contains a collection of easy-to-read health and wellness books, respected health education newsletters, videos and other materials. The Whole Health Center Library Service is located on the 2nd floor of the Main Hospital building.

My HealtheVet

The My HealtheVet site provides veterans and their families excellent, reliable patient education information as well as the latest VA News. Information about veteran benefits and services are also available. Upon registering with My HealtheVet, you will be able to:

  • keep track of your upcoming medical appointments and get email reminders
  • refill prescriptions online
  • use Secure Messaging to communicate securely online with your VA healthcare team
  • keep personal food and activity journals
  • monitor your personal health data, such as blood pressure and pain levels
  • maintain your own self-entered personal health record
  • complete your own HealtheLiving Assessment to determine your Health Age, health status, and risk of developing major diseases

MOVE! Weight Management Program

Veterans interested in losing weight may be eligible to enroll in a comprehensive weight management program called MOVE!. The program includes participation in weight management group classes, individualized patient education information, and goal setting with a registered dietitian. If you are interested, contact your Primary Health Care team or visit the Nutrition Clinic to enroll. 

Veterans Health Library (VHL)

The VHL (http://www.veteranshealthlibrary.org/) provides information on a range of health topics, including wellness and prevention, understanding of diagnosis, making treatment decisions, preparing for a procedure, rehabilitation and recovery, and self-managing one’s health. The VHL offers thousands of content resources, including:

  • Information sheets
  • Videos
  • Online booklets that use intuitive, page-turning technology
  • Interactive disease management workbooks

Veterans can print VHL information and share it via social media (Twitter, Facebook) and e-mail.

Diabetes Education

There are several programs to help you improve your diabetes. You can work individually with a Registered Dietitian through our Outpatient Nutrition Education Clinic. Consider attending our comprehensive Diabetes Group Education classes. If you are having trouble getting your blood sugar down, you may be eligible to work with our Diabetes Shared Medical Appointment Team which includes a Psychologist, Nurse, Dietitian, and Pharmacist.

Diabetes Education Group Classes
Diabetes Group Classes involves a team to teach self-management of diabetes. Patients will learn about diabetes from a Nurse, Dietitian, and Pharmacist. Topics covered include sick day management, healthy food choices, medications, dental care, foot care, eye care, and physical activity. If you are interested, contact your Primary Health Care team to enroll.

Consulting a Registered Dietitian 
Patients can receive individualized nutrition counseling regarding their diabetes in person or via telehealth. Schedule your appointment today by calling the Nutrition Clinic: 970-263-2847.
 
Shared Medical Appointments (SMA)
This option is for patients with diabetes that is not in optimal control. SMA is an intensive program in which the veterans are seen once per month until their diabetes is in better control. The diabetes team that participates in the SMA clinic includes a Dietitian, Pharmacist, RN, and Psychologist. If you are interested, contact your Primary Health Care team to participate in SMA. 

Whole Health

It all starts with a simple question: What matters most to you in your life? When you think about these priorities, ask yourself if you are doing everything you can to achieve these goals. The human body and mind have tremendous healing abilities that we can work to strengthen together. Your health team wants to support you in this journey. The whole health model is a holistic look at the many areas of life that can affect your health - your work environment, relationships, diet, sleep patterns, and more. So whether your goal is to wake up pain-free, change careers, or simply find a measure of peace, get started by having a conversation with your health care provider.

Veterans can attend an Introduction to Whole Health in The Patient Education Center located on the 2nd floor of the Main Hospital building; stop by to learn about class times, or discuss this with your Health Care Provider during your next visit.

Download the MyStory: Personal Health Inventory tool to help you think about your health in a new way. Whole Health for Life:

https://www.va.gov/patientcenteredcare/index.asp