Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence
March Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
MSCoE encourages Veterans with MS, caregivers and family members of Veterans with MS, and healthcare professionals to raise MS awareness. Making a connection can help people expand their knowledge and understanding of MS, improving support of individuals whose lives are affected by the disease. Below are a few suggestions on how YOU can get involved and make a difference.
Learn About Living with MS
Visit our Veteran stories and YouTube webpages to learn about MS from Veterans living with MS. Sign up to receive our quarterly Veteran e-letter and get MS information delivered to your inbox.
Organize MS Awareness at Your Local VA Facility
Contact the public affairs office at your local VA facility to see what can be done to raise MS awareness at your VA facility.
- Create a public announcement via overhead board announcements, newsletters, facility website, Facebook page, and/or email blast.
- Post an MS Awareness flyer in approved, visible areas in your facility, such as elevators and waiting rooms.
- Organize a table with information about MS in an approved, common area at your VA facility. Visit our programs and products webpage for handout ideas.
Listen to a MS podcast
Listen to one of MSCoE's podcasts for Veterans, which are released on the 2nd Monday of each month. Each podcast discusses important issues related to the health and quality of life for Veterans with MS.
Attend an Educational Program
MSCoE is collaborating with the National MS Society on a CME series for healthcare professionals.
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Time: 12 pm ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT
Topic: Role of Comorbidities in Healthcare Utilization and Self-Management in Persons with MS
Speakers: Elizabeth Gromisch, PhD, MSCS and Aaron Turner, PhD, ABPP
CME: 1 hour (ACCME, ACCME-NP, ACPE, ANCC, AOTA, APA, APTA, ASWB, COPS-KT, NYSED SW, NYSED P)
Registration: VA attendee registration: TMS link
Registration: Non-VA attendee registration: TRAIN link
The NMSS's Ask an MS Expert webinar series occurs weekly, with a quarterly webinar for Veterans. (flyer)
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Time: 1 pm ET, 12 pm CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT
Topic: MS Risk, Prevalence, and Service Connection
Speakers: Mitchell Wallin, MD, MPH and William Joel Culpepper II, PhD, MA
Attend: Stream live on YouTube, registration is not required
MSCoE collaborates with Can Do MS for their monthly webinar series for people affected by MS. In addition to Can Do MS's monthly webinar series, their live Jump Start, Can Do, and Take Charge programs occur throughout the year and are available virtually.
Start a REACH MS Caregiver Support Group
Social workers and other health providers may participate in the VA REACH (Resources for Enhancing all Caregivers Health) program for MS caregivers. Certified Group Leaders help caregivers develop skills in stress management, disease-specific knowledge, and coping strategies to reduce caregiver stress and burden. For information on VA REACH for MS contact MSCoE.
Become MS Certified
Become a MS certified specialist through the Consortium of MS Centers MS Certified Specialist (MSCS) or MS Certified Nurse (MSCN) exams.
Raise Community Awareness
Participate in community events like the National MS Society's Walk MS or Bike MS.
Become an active participant in the fight to find a cure for MS by sharing MS information with others. Ask MS organizations like the National MS Society, MS Association of America, and MS Foundation for free resources and materials to distribute to colleagues, family, friends, local businesses, and communities.
Attend a National Veterans Event
There are a variety of national events for Veterans with MS. Veterans don’t have to be a full-time wheelchair user to qualify, they just need to have reached a point that the wheelchair or adaptive equipment will increase their involvement in the sport.
- Veterans Adaptive Sports Program
- National Veterans Wheelchair Games
- National Veterans Golden Age Games
- National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic
- National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic
- National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
Share your MS Activities Stories and Pictures
Share your MS story in media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Write about living with MS or caring for a Veteran living with MS for posting on the MSCoE Veteran stories page.
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