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Health Education

The staff at VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System have provided a number of ways for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and self-manage your own health.

Patient Education Center

Our Patient Education Center at the Omaha VA Medical Center is opening in summer 2014. The center will contain a collection of easy-to-read health and wellness books, respected health education newsletters, videos and other materials.

The Patient Education Center will be located off of the main lobby across from the coffee shop.

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 Veterans benefits and services also is available.

Upon registering with My HealtheVet, you will be able to —

  • refill prescriptions online
  • 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

Outpatient Classes

Clinical staff provide ongoing health education during regularly scheduled outpatient clinic visits. Courses focus on —

  • health promotion
  • upcoming tests and procedures
  • medications
  • diagnoses
  • treatments

Staff can tell you about upcoming education classes that are available.

Inpatient Classes

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

VA Television Network

An on-demand education video system is available for all inpatient rooms . Ask the staff for further information on how to access the system.

Contact

Jan Carlin
My HealtheVet Coordinator
Omaha VA Medical Center
402-995-4966
janice.carlin@va.gov

Mary McElmeel, RN, MS
Veteran Health Education Coordinator
Omaha VA Medical Center
402-995-3836
mary.mcelmeel@va.gov

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