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VETERANS RURAL HEALTH RESOURCE CENTERS

 

Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers

Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers (VRHRCs) are Office of Rural Health (ORH) field-based satellite offices that serve as hubs of rural health care research, innovation, and dissemination.

  • Improve understanding of the challenges faced by Veterans living in rural areas
  • Identify disparities in the availability of health care to Veterans living in rural areas
  • Formulate practices or programs to enhance the delivery of health care to Veterans living in rural areas
  • Develop special practices and products for the benefit of Veterans living in rural areas and for implementation of such practices and products in the Department system-wide

Located at host VA medical centers in Iowa City, Iowa; Salt Lake City, Utah; and White River Junction, Vermont, VRHRCs functions include:

  • Administration and Operations: Oversee the day-to-day operation of the VRHRC, providing operations and clinical leadership as well as administrative support
  • Studies: Respond to requests from ORH to prepare longer-term studies of matters affecting Veterans living in rural areas of the United States
  • Innovations: Develop and pilot test innovations in the delivery of care and services to rural Veterans, functioning as field-based "laboratories" for clinical and non-clinical pilot projects that address well-defined needs of Veterans living in rural communities
  • Promising Practices Dissemination and Technical Assistance:
    • Disseminate ORH Rural Promising Practices through mentored implementation to targeted stakeholders, inside and outside VA, that emerge from clinical and non-clinical pilot projects
    • Provide technical assistance and program consultation on programs, pilots, projects and issues affecting rural Veterans to internal VA and external stakeholders

Each VRHRC has a specific rural focus:

  • Iowa City:
    • Improve care coordination for dual use Veterans, including those who use Community Care Programs
    • Use VA Telemedicine and Informatics tools to improve access to care
    • Develop innovative interdisciplinary treatment models to improve the quality and efficiency of care
  • Salt Lake City:
    • Analyze data to identify patterns and characteristics of rural populations associated with suicide and suicide-related behavior
    • Identify primary care provider recruitment and retention techniques to address rural provider shortages
    • Create educational videos to support rural caregivers of Veterans with dementia
  • White River Junction:
    • Conduct research on health care disparities affecting rural Veterans
    • Pilot and evaluate care coordination programs serving rural Veterans
    • Develop training on evidence based practices for rural VA providers
    • Serve as a field resource for ORH program evaluation
    • Support rural policy analysis, strategic planning, rural geographic database design, and implementation in support of rural Veteran health care through geospatial solutions

VRHRC Leadership

Carolyn Turvey, PhD, Clinical Director
Carolyn Turvey, PhD, Clinical Director

Iowa City, Iowa VRHRC
(Iowa City VA Health Care System)

M. Bryant Howren, PhD, MPH, Operations Director
M. Bryant Howren, PhD, MPH, Operations Director

Iowa City, Iowa VRHRC
(Iowa City VA Health Care System)

Byron Bair, MD, Clinical Director
Byron Bair, MD, Clinical Director

Salt Lake City, Utah VRHRC
(VA Salt Lake City Health Care System)

Nancy K. Dailey, MSN, RN, Operations Director
Nancy K. Dailey, MSN, RN, Operations Director

Salt Lake City, Utah VRHRC
(VA Salt Lake City Health Care System)

Matthew Vincenti, PhD, Director
Matthew Vincenti, PhD, Director

White River Junction, Vermont VRHRC
(White River Junction VA Medical Center)

Learn more about VRHRC leadership here.

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