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Birmingham VA Medical Center The Birmingham VA Health Care System serves over 71,000 Veterans in Alabama.

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The Birmingham VA Health Care System and community partners are being recognized for achievements in the successful perm...
01/28/2023

The Birmingham VA Health Care System and community partners are being recognized for achievements in the successful permanent housing placement of 227 Veterans in 2022.

The initial goal for the Birmingham VA was to place 190 homeless Veterans into housing. The placement of 227 homeless Veterans represents over 119% of the targeted goal.

Last year VA established a goal to house 38,000 homeless Veterans nationally. In December 2022, VA exceeded the goal by over 6% by housing over 40,000 Veterans — an overall decrease of 11% of Veterans experiencing homelessness. The Birmingham VA Health Care System was instrumental in ensuring any Veteran experiencing homelessness has access to permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Visit this link to read more: https://www.va.gov/birmingham-health-care/stories/birmingham-va-makes-strides-to-house-homeless-veterans/

Always running through the drive through in a rush when you have nothing planned for dinner? Check out these tips to hon...
01/28/2023
Make it a lifestyle, not a diet - VA News

Always running through the drive through in a rush when you have nothing planned for dinner? Check out these tips to hone your meal planning skills and set yourself up for success!

Dieting is not always the best way to improve your health. Staying on a diet is not usually sustainable. If you start building healthy habits into your day, you can achieve long-term success.

The Birmingham VA is celebrating 70 years of service to Veterans this year! Keep an eye out for  about BVAHCS.  the Birm...
01/27/2023

The Birmingham VA is celebrating 70 years of service to Veterans this year! Keep an eye out for about BVAHCS.

the Birmingham VA is one of 13 VA medical centers that offers a Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC)? BRCs provide intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation to Veterans with visual impairments while using cutting-edge assistive technology. VA is the first and only national healthcare system to completely and seamlessly integrate rehabilitation services for patients with vision loss into its health benefits.

01/27/2023

Today is the 78th anniversary of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Allies worked together during World War II and liberated the survivors of Auschwitz on this day in 1945. We remember the victims and honor our Veterans and Allies for their service.

01/27/2023
Women's Health Chit Chat

Join us for the virtual Women’s Health Chit Chat to discuss Reproductive Health! Learn about pregnancy planning, pregnancy prevention, pregnancy risks and more from a multidisciplinary panel of clinicians.

01/27/2023
TOMORROW! Join us for the virtual Women’s Health Chit Chat on January 27, at 12 p.m. via Facebook Live! Learn about preg...
01/26/2023

TOMORROW!

Join us for the virtual Women’s Health Chit Chat on January 27, at 12 p.m. via Facebook Live! Learn about pregnancy planning, pregnancy prevention, pregnancy risks and more from a multidisciplinary panel of clinicians.

DYK:
• There are more than 2 million women Veterans in the United States and women are the fastest growing group of new VA health care users.
• 37% of pregnancies among Women Veterans were unplanned.
• Unplanned pregnancies may lead to increased stress and pregnancy related adverse outcomes related to the mother’s health or use of harmful/teratogenic substances.

01/26/2023

The Huntsville VA Clinic, part of the Birmingham VA Health Care System, hosts a PACT Act Awareness Open House from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 500 Markaview Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35805.

The PACT Act is a historic new law that will help VA deliver care and benefits to millions of Veterans, and survivors, affected by burn pits and other toxic exposures. The Birmingham VA estimates that nearly 75,000 Veterans in Northern and parts of Central Alabama could apply.

Veterans, family and caregivers, get answers to all your questions about the new PACT Act. Enroll in VA health care, screen for toxic exposure, apply for benefits, and more!

01/26/2023

During 2022, VA permanently housed 40,401 homeless Veterans, providing them with the safe, stable homes that they deserve. This exceeded the department’s goal to house 38,000 Veterans in 2022 by 6.3%.

The total number of Veterans experiencing homelessness has decreased by 11% since 2020 and by 55.3% since 2010, but as Secretary McDonough says, we will not rest until every Veteran has a good, safe home in this country they fought to defend.

Read the press release here: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5854

Tomorrow, the Huntsville VA Clinic will host a PACT Act Awareness Open House, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. located...
01/25/2023

Tomorrow, the Huntsville VA Clinic will host a PACT Act Awareness Open House, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. located at 500 Markaview Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35805.

The PACT Act is a historic new law that will help VA deliver care and benefits to millions of Veterans, and survivors, affected by burn pits and other toxic exposures.

This event is to inform Alabama Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors about the PACT Act and encourage them to apply for the toxic exposure-related health care and benefits they have earned.

The event will include VA staff present to help Veterans apply for benefits, explain toxic exposure screenings, enroll in VA health care, and more.

Facebook Live remarks will broadcast at 10 a.m. https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamVAHCS/.

01/25/2023

Caring, qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders are available 24/7/365 to listen and help.

Dial 988 then Press 1 to be connected to a real person.

Come join our team of outstanding healthcare professionals!
01/24/2023

Come join our team of outstanding healthcare professionals!

01/24/2023
Stuffy nose? Sore throat? It could be the common cold, but it might be . Know the difference: http://go.usa.gov/3eEzJ
01/23/2023

Stuffy nose? Sore throat? It could be the common cold, but it might be . Know the difference: http://go.usa.gov/3eEzJ

01/23/2023

It is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and we have one message for our Women Veterans: get screened and get vaccinated. About 14,000 U.S. women will get cervical cancer this year and over 4,000 will die. Talk to your care provider about screening and the HPV vaccine. Reduce your risk today: https://bit.ly/3XtymNz

January is National Get Organized Month! An organized pantry and refrigerator can mean less food waste, lower costs and ...
01/21/2023

January is National Get Organized Month! An organized pantry and refrigerator can mean less food waste, lower costs and better nutrition. Boost your household’s nutrition and start the year off right with an organized kitchen and meal planning. Contact your VA dietitian to learn about available Healthy Teaching Kitchen programs and easy meal planning tips.

https://www.nutrition.va.gov/Healthy_Teaching_Kitchen.asp

AI: Birmingham VA harnesses tech to fight colon cancer!To reduce Veterans' risk of colon cancer by screening and identif...
01/20/2023
AI: Birmingham VA harnesses tech to fight colon cancer | VA Birmingham health care | Veterans Affairs

AI: Birmingham VA harnesses tech to fight colon cancer!

To reduce Veterans' risk of colon cancer by screening and identifying precancerous polyps, the Birmingham VA Health Care System recently implemented the GI Genius Intelligent Endoscopy Module, a computer-aided detection system powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Read the story here:

To reduce Veterans' risk of colon cancer by screening and identifying precancerous polyps, the Birmingham VA Health Care System recently implemented the GI Genius Intelligent Endoscopy Module, a computer-aided detection system powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

The Huntsville VA Clinic will host a PACT Act Awareness Open House, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. located at 500 Ma...
01/19/2023

The Huntsville VA Clinic will host a PACT Act Awareness Open House, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. located at 500 Markaview Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35805.

The PACT Act is a historic new law that will help VA deliver care and benefits to millions of Veterans, and survivors, affected by burn pits and other toxic exposures.

This event is to inform Alabama Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors about the PACT Act and encourage them to apply for the toxic exposure-related health care and benefits they have earned.

The event will include VA staff present to help Veterans apply for benefits, explain toxic exposure screenings, enroll in VA health care, and more.

Facebook Live remarks will broadcast at 10 a.m. https://www.facebook.com/BirminghamVAHCS/.

Let the countdown begin!On March 16, 1953, the Birmingham VA Health Care System (BVAHCS) opened its doors to Veterans in...
01/16/2023

Let the countdown begin!

On March 16, 1953, the Birmingham VA Health Care System (BVAHCS) opened its doors to Veterans in the historic southside district of Birmingham, Alabama. Today, the medical center is a level 1A acute tertiary medical and surgical care center with 10 community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Anniston-Oxford, Bessemer, Childersburg, Guntersville, Gadsden, Huntsville, Jasper, Shoals, and two in Birmingham. The health care system employs more than 3,000 staff members that serve over 71,000 Veterans in Alabama. The Birmingham VA celebrates 70 years March 16, 2023.

Today marks 60 years since the march on Washington!
01/16/2023

Today marks 60 years since the march on Washington!

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the National Day of Service.

Dr. King was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who organized nonviolent protests to end racial segregation and spoke over 2,500 times — including his famous “I Have A Dream” speech during the march on Washington, D.C. in 1963. We honor his legacy.

01/15/2023
January is National Slow Cooking Month, and your VA Registered Dietitians are highlighting health benefits of slow cooki...
01/14/2023

January is National Slow Cooking Month, and your VA Registered Dietitians are highlighting health benefits of slow cooking. Slow cookers combine the convenience of cooking a meal in one pot with the ability to choose from hundreds of healthy meal options. What more can you ask for? For slow cooking tips and recipes with health benefits, check out our slow cooker recipes or talk to your local VA registered dietitian today!

https://www.nutrition.va.gov/Recipes/Slow_Cooker_Recipes.asp

Happy National Pharmacist Day! Pharmacists are one of the most accessible health professionals with a well-rounded inter...
01/12/2023

Happy National Pharmacist Day!

Pharmacists are one of the most accessible health professionals with a well-rounded interdisciplinary healthcare team. Pharmacists work closely with pharmacy technicians to not only ensure patients have the right medication with correct labeling, but also that the medication prescribed is appropriately selected, dosed, and dispensed. Pharmacy Service is integral to the care provided to our Veterans!

Fast Facts: The Birmingham VA Pharmacy processes 1,760 prescriptions per day and over 565 medications are filled and delivered daily to inpatients. Our outpatient
Pharmacies fill over 800 prescriptions per day.

In Alabama, the rate of lung cancer cases is significantly higher than the national rate. The Lung Cancer Screening (LCS...
01/11/2023
LCS Program Improves Cancer Screening Among Veterans | VA Birmingham health care | Veterans Affairs

In Alabama, the rate of lung cancer cases is significantly higher than the national rate. The Lung Cancer Screening (LCS) Program aims to improve lung cancer screening among Veterans, whose cancer often goes undetected until later stages, in an effort to connect them to clinical trials. The LCS program is now being piloted at the Birmingham VA Women's Clinic and will slowly expand to other BVAHCS Clinics!

Read the article at this link: https://www.va.gov/birmingham-health-care/stories/lcs-program-improves-cancer-screening-among-veterans/

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In Alabama, the rate of lung cancer cases is significantly higher than the national rate. Southern veterans often come into the program’s clinic with unique environmental and occupational exposures.

01/11/2023

For this month’s Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK) we’re making a slow cooker southern-style peach cobbler 😋

Fact: You should get a flu shot every year. Flu viruses can change over time, and each year the flu shot vaccine is upda...
01/09/2023

Fact: You should get a flu shot every year. Flu viruses can change over time, and each year the flu shot vaccine is updated to protect against the flu viruses most likely to spread that year. Ask your provider about the flu shot today. http://go.usa.gov/3eEzA

01/09/2023

The Veterans Crisis Line provides confidential crisis support to all Veterans and their loved ones.

Learn more at VeteransCrisisLine.net.

January is Whole Health Nutrition Month, where we combine the personalized approach of VA’s Whole Health program with ex...
01/07/2023

January is Whole Health Nutrition Month, where we combine the personalized approach of VA’s Whole Health program with expert advice and guidance from our VA registered dietitians to create a plan around what matters most to YOU. Contact your VA Registered Dietitian today to work on your personal nutrition goals!

https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTH/circle-of-health/food-drink.asp

01/05/2023
BVAHCS PACT Act Awareness Open House

Check out this video from our PACT Act Awareness Open House last month!

During the VA PACT Act Week of Action, the Birmingham VA hosted over 400 attendees. BVAHCS medical personnel completed 144 toxic exposure screenings and Montgomery Veteran Benefits Administration Regional Office representatives assisted Veterans in initiating 77 claims. Read more about the event here: https://www.va.gov/birmingham-health-care/stories/birmingham-va-pact-act-open-house-provides-information-toxic-exposure-screening-to-veterans/

01/05/2023

VA’s latest data shows significant downward trends in Veteran su***de. But we still need your help. Explore our su***de prevention resources to learn how you can support Veterans even more in 2023.

MentalHealth.VA.gov/su***de_prevention/prevention/

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The Birmingham VA Health Care System joins Alabama and the nation participating in the bi-annual DEA National Prescription Take Back Day!

It is time to dispose of unused controlled substance prescriptions. All too often, unneeded medications are lost, misused, or stolen. The Birmingham VA is proud to offer three collection sites for Veterans and our neighbors to DUMP unused controlled substance prescription medications. Veterans and the public may use the following VA sites to safely turn in the medications.
Football isn’t the only season that kicks off in the fall. Fall is the start of season. Put a flu shot at the center of your defensive line. To receive a flu shot, Veterans can walk-in to their primary care clinic without an appointment or call to schedule a time with their primary care clinic. We also have upcoming Flu Fair dates that can be viewed at this link: https://www.va.gov/birmingham-health-care/programs/flu-fairs
TOMORROW - Help us combat the blood supply shortage and save lives!

Walk-ins welcome or to schedule an appointment at the links below:

Bloodmobile at Birmingham VA Clinic:
https://donors.lifesouth.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/767037

Medical Center 9th Floor 9.5 Classroom:
https://donors.lifesouth.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/762222
The VA Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program is dedicated to ensuring Veterans, their partners and VA staff have support and access to resources. Talk to your local VA IPVAP Coordinator, visit our website or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. https://www.socialwork.va.gov/IPV/Coordinators.asp
October is National Pasta Month! Celebrate by cooking up this delicious dish filled with whole grains, plant-powered protein and colorful veggies. More recipes like this can be found in the many free cookbooks at our NFS Recipes and Cookbooks page. Or check out the Healthy Teaching Kitchen playlist on YouTube for more healthy cooking tips and recipes!

https://www.nutrition.va.gov/docs/Recipes/MainDishes/Vegan-Tomato-Spinach-Cannellini-Pasta.pdf
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

VA provides state-of-the-art, coordinated breast cancer care, including mammograms, breast ultrasound and MRI, genetic counseling and testing, cancer diagnosis and treatment and more. Call the Women Veterans Call Center at 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) to learn about services and resources near you.

For more information about the call center visit: https://www.womenshealth.va.gov/programoverview/wvcc.asp
Yesterday, the Birmingham VA participated at the UAB Veteran Flu and Resource Fair! UAB student Veterans were able to receive information about the VA and were offered the flu or COVID vaccine. Thanks for having us UAB Veteran Services!
Help us combat the blood supply shortage and save lives!

Walk-ins welcome or to schedule an appointment at the links below:

Bloodmobile at Birmingham VA Clinic:
https://donors.lifesouth.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/767037

Medical Center 9th Floor Auditorium:
https://donors.lifesouth.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/762222
Congratulations to Amanda Upshaw, BSN, RN, for being recognized as the DAISY Award Winner for August 2022 at the Birmingham VA! The committee received a total of four different nominations letters from Veterans and family members expressing their gratitude for the care that Ms. Upshaw provided during their stay. Each letter highlighted her upbeat personality, tenacity, and professionalism. Amanda Upshaw is the epitome to what a DAISY recipient should represent daily!
Do you feel unsafe in your relationship? Talk to your local VA Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program Coordinator or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. https://www.socialwork.va.gov/IPV/Coordinators.asp
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A balanced, nutrient-rich diet can help prevent and is an important part of the treatment plan for some cancers. Talk with your VA Dietitian about healthy habits for cancer prevention.

https://www.nutrition.va.gov/Nutrition_and_Cancer.asp
In observance of Columbus Day, BVAHCS outpatient clinics and administrative offices will be closed for the Federal holiday on Monday, October 10. The Emergency Department remains open for any medical emergency.
Meet Army Veteran Jack Ferrante! Jack is a blind Veteran who recently represented the Birmingham VA at the 2022 National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic in Riverside, Iowa. He was also invited to golf with the Secretary of the VA while at the Golf Clinic! The BVAHCS Executive Leadership Team met with Jack and snapped a photo with him sporting his tournament medal.

The National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic (NDVGC) is an annual rehabilitative event sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The week-long event promotes rehabilitation by offering Veterans with visual impairments and those with other life-changing disabilities the opportunity to enjoy therapeutic adaptive golfing. Veterans are also introduced to other adaptive recreational sports that promote healthy lifestyles and boost self-confidence.
Flu shots are here! To receive a flu shot, Veterans can walk-in to their primary care clinic without an appointment or call to schedule a time with their primary care clinic. We also have upcoming Flu Fair dates that can be viewed at this link: https://www.va.gov/birmingham-health-care/programs/flu-fairs
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