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VA RURAL ACCESS UPDATE August 29, 2008

Posted by Service Officer on August 29th, 2008

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out four new mobile health clinics outfitted to bring primary care and mental health services closer to veterans in 24 predominately rural counties, where patients must travel long distances to visit their nearest VA medical center or outpatient clinic. The pilot project is called Rural Mobile Health Care Clinics. It features a recreational-type vehicle equipped to be a rolling primary care and mental health clinic. VA is currently in the process of procuring and outfitting the vehicles, and officials expect the mobile clinics to be operational by early 2009. Rural areas in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming will share a single mobile van, while Maine, Washington state and West Virginia will each have a VA mobile van. The clinics are planned to serve:

* Colorado: Larimer, Jackson, Logan, and Weld counties;

* Maine: Franklin, Somerset and Piscataquis counties;

* Nebraska: Cheyenne, Kimball, and Scottsbluff counties;

* Washington state: Greys Harbor, Mason, and Lewis;

* West Virginia: Preston, Randolph, Upshur, Wetzel, Roane, and Taylor counties; and,

* Wyoming: Albany, Carbon, Goshen, and Platte counties.

Factors considered in the selection of the participating sites included a need for improved access in the area, the degree to which clinics will expand services and collaborations with communities the clinics serve. [Source: VA News Release 27 Aug 08 ++]

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