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Whole Health for Rural Veterans

Whole Health Goes Rural

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports innovative programs that increase rural Veterans’ access to Whole Health care.

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VHA Career Achievement Award

Bradley "Vince" Watts was recognized for lifetime contributions that profoundly advanced and had widespread impact on the educational mission of VHA.

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VHA and IHS Join Forces

MOU Press Release

The two agencies are expanding their Memorandum of Understanding to maximize support for 145,000 American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans.

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VHA Office of Rural Health

Congress established the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health (ORH) in 2006 (38 USC § 7308) to conduct, coordinate, promote, and disseminate research on issues that affect the nearly five million Veterans who reside in rural communities. The mandate also requires ORH to develop, refine and promulgate policies, best practices, lessons learned, and innovative and successful programs.

ORH fulfils its mission by supporting targeted research, developing innovative programs, and identifying new care models. Working through its five Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers as well as partners from academia, state and local governments, private industry, and non-profit organizations, ORH strives to break down the barriers separating rural Veterans from quality care.