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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

 

Health Education

The staff at the VAMC Wilkes-Barre have provided a number of ways for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and self-manage your own health.

The Veteran Health Education Program is a program that provides evidenced-based Veteran-centered health education, programs, and services to Veterans and their families. The goal of the program is to assist patients to become active participants in their healthcare through education and support. Health education services are available in all health care settings where staff actively partner with patients to improve their disease self-management and quality of life. 

Veterans Health Library

The Veterans Health Library is a Veteran-centered site developed by VA and vetted by VA subject matter experts. This site offers health information on a variety of topics, including medications, procedures, and general health conditions. Unique to the site is the extensive information on Veteran-focused issues such as PTSD, military sexual trauma, and Agent Orange. It is designed and written to be understood so Veterans will have the information they need to manage their healthcare and make treatment decisions. 

MyHealtheVet (MHV)

My HealtheVet is VA's online personal health record. It was designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents, and Caregivers. My HealtheVet helps you partner with your VA care team. It provides you with opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage your health care.

Specific features in My HealtheVet are available to you based on your account type. If you have a Basic account, you can use the multiple health tracking tools, record information in your personal online journals and health history records,, access the medical libraries, the HealtheLiving Assessment (to determine your Health Age), mental health screening tools and more. If you are a VA patient, you can also upgrade your account to Advanced or Premium. If you are enrolled in VA health care and have an Advanced account, you can refill your VA prescriptions 24 hours per day/7 days per week.

For your security, some features of MyHealtheVet require a Premium account. To obtain a Premium account, you must complete a one-time authentication process. If you have a Premium account, you will have full access to all the features available in MyHealtheVet, including Secure Messaging. Secure Messaging allows you to communicate online with your VA care teams and other staff. Additionally, as a Premium account user, you will have access to key portions of your VA medical record, such as VA notes, VA Lab Results, VA Appointments as well as additional health information through the VA Blue Button.

Outpatient Education

Clinician staff provide ongoing health education during regularly scheduled outpatient clinic visits. Education is focused on health promotion, upcoming tests or procedures, medications, diagnosis and treatments. During these visits, please ask your clinical staff for further information if your health questions are not answered.

VA Diabetes Education Program

Education on diabetes is provided through both group and individual settings. The group accucheck classes and individual diabetes education provide an overview of diabetes and training in the use of the meter. The nutrition classes and individual appointments review carbohydrate meal planning and food labeling. A diabetes self-management program is offered several times yearly. This is a more extensive program on topics that include diabetes complications, nutrition, medications, community resources and exercise. Ask your provider for a referral for diabetes education. 

MOVE! Weight Management Program

If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help!

Staying in control of your weight helps maintain good health now and in the future.

Program Features:

  • Focus on Health and Wellness through healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior change
  • Support to help you reach your initial goals with ongoing maintenance
  • Lifetime and lifestyle focus

Ask your primary care team to refer you to MOVE! or see a dietitian today! The MOVE! Nutrition/Individual appointment will enroll you into the program, the Registered Dietitian will assist in finding the Support Plan that works best for you. Start now by completing this multifactorial patient assessment; bring in the results and/or retrieval code to your appointment with the MOVE! Registered Dietitian.

MOVE!® is the Veterans Health Administration's comprehensive, evidenced-based, interdisciplinary weight management program which offers Veterans multiple options to participate in comprehensive lifestyle interventions.

  • MOVE! Individual sessions: A series of sessions that includes the elements of a comprehensive lifestyle intervention. This may be delivered in person, by phone, or using video telehealth technologies.
  • MOVE! Group classes: A series of 16 sessions that includes the elements of a comprehensive lifestyle intervention.
  • MOVE! Support classes: On-going monthly group classes to support MOVE! Veterans with continued weight management, this includes Health Teaching Kitchen cooking demonstrations.
  • TeleMOVE!: An 82-day disease management protocol for weight management that is part of the VHA's home Telehealth program.
  • MOVE! Coach mobile app (MOVE! Coach): A self-guided program that includes 11 self-management guides time sequenced over 19 weeks. MOVE! Coach with Care incorporates brief check-ins with a MOVE! clinician throughout the 19-week self-guided program.
  • Other options referred by the MOVE! Registered Dietitian:
    • Pharmacological agents: Veteran is monitored by the MOVE! Registered Dietitian in addition to the Endocrinologist/MOVE! Physician Champion.
    • Bariatric Surgery: An option for those patients who meet criteria as a surgical candidate and have been unable to achieve weight loss goals through the MOVE! Program alone.

The MOVE! Coordinator at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center is Paola Montross, MS, RD, LDN. She can be reached at 570-824-3521 x4892.

Inpatient Education

Clinical staff begin the patient education process at the time of admission, during the hospital stay, and at discharge. Our goal is to provide a hospital environment where patients:

  • continually receive updated health information
  • are able to ask questions about their health
  • can enjoy as comfortably as possible their stay in our facility

Contact Ann Kwiatkowski at 570-824-3521 x4671 to assist with your Patient Education Questions.

Contact

Sandy Dompkosky, RN
MHV Coordinator
570-824-3521 Ext. 4297

Paola Montross, MS, RD, LDN
MOVE! Program Coordinator
570-824-3521 Ext. 4892

Ann Kwiatkowski, RN
Veterans Health Education Coordinator
570-824-3521 Ext. 4671

Veterans Health Library