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 providers to raise MS awareness. Making a connection can help people expand their knowledge, understanding, and support of individuals whose lives are affected by MS. Below are a few suggestions on how YOU can get involved and make a difference.
Learn About Living with MS
Visit our Veteran stories page to learn what it's like living with MS.
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 blast emails.
- 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 ideas.
- Distribute copies of the yearly calendar for Can Do MS webinars.
Attend an Educational Event
MSCoE collaborates with Can Do MS for their monthly webinar series for people affected by MS.
MSCoE is collaborating with the National MS Society and Consortium of MS Centers on their CME series. All webinars occur at 4 pm ET, 3 pm CT, 2 pm MT, 1 pm PT.
- March 2, 2020: Gait and Balance with Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, MCR (register)
- March 30, 2020: Comprehensive Management of Pain with Heidi Maloni, PhD, ANP, CNRN, MSCN and Dawn Ehde, PhD (register)
- May 20, 2020: Stem Cells: Implications in MS with Jeffrey Cohen, MD (register)
- September 10, 2020: Exercise and Physical Activity Recommendations for Patients with MS with Alex Ng, PhD, FACSM (register)
Start a REACH MS Caregiver Support Group
Social workers and other health providers may participate in the new 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 MSCentersofExcellence@va.gov.
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
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 Disabled Veterans Tee Tournament
- 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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