Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence
MS & Vets: Podcasts for Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis
Our "MS & Vets" podcast series, developed in collaboration with the VA Employee Education System, discusses important issues related to the health and quality of life for Veterans with MS. During every episode you’ll hear subject matter experts weigh in on MS issues and talk about services the VA provides, because every Veteran’s health really does matter.
If you would like to receive alerts for when new podcasts are available, you must download one of the apps below and set up your account to receive alerts for the podcast.
- Amazon Music/Audible
- Apple Podcast
- Google Podcast
- iHeart Radio
- Pocket Casts
- Podcast Addict
A new podcast will be posted the 2nd Monday of each month.
June 14, 2021
Speaker: Kathy Tortorice, PharmD, BCPS -- National Clinical Pharmacy Program Manager, Neurology and Solid Organ Transplant and Chair, National Drug File Support Group, National VHA Pharmacy Benefits Management Services
Vaccines have been the focus of the news lately. Many questions come up when discussing the importance of vaccines for maintaining our health. Currently, there are vaccines available to protect children and adults against at least 17 serious diseases. Today, Dr. Kathy Tortorice discusses what vaccines are, who needs them and some common questions and concerns people have about vaccines.
July 12, 2021
Speaker: Elizabeth Silbermann, MD -- MS Neurologist, VA Portland Health Care System
The VA is leading the way in telehealth innovation to make sure Veterans can access care when and where they need it. From your home, the clinic, or the hospital, VA telehealth technologies make it easier for you to connect with your VA care team. Join Dr. Elizabeth Silbermann, Neurology Virtual Visit Champion at the VA HCS in Portland, OR, to learn about telehealth for MS care, how to optimize a telehealth visit and whether it might be a good option for your MS care.
August 9, 2021
Whole Health: A New Model of Healthcare for Veterans
Speaker: David Greaves, PhD -- Clinical Director, Whole Health, VA Portland Health Care System
Dr. David Greaves discusses VA’s cutting-edge Whole Health approach to care that supports Veterans health and well-being. Whole Health centers around what matters to Veterans, not what is the matter with them. Join us to learn how VA is developing personalized health plans based on Veteran’s values, needs and goals.
September 13, 2021
Overview of MS Research in the VA
Speaker: Aaron Turner, PhD, ABPP (RP) -- Co-Associate Director, Research, VA MS Center of Excellence West and Director, Rehabilitation Psychology, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
The VA ranks as one of the nation’s leaders in health research. Thousands of studies are conducted at VA medical facilities each year. Join Dr. Aaron Tuner to learn how VA research has significantly contributed to advancements in health care for Veterans and other Americans from every walk of life. Hear about some of the MS studies that are improving functioning and quality of life of Veterans living with MS.
October 11, 2021
The Basics of VA Benefits and Resources
Speaker: Margaret Kazmierski, LCSW-C -- Senior Social Worker, VA MS Center of Excellence East and Spinal Cord Injury Clinic Coordinator, VA Maryland Health Care System
The VA is America’s largest integrated health care system, serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. Each Veteran’s medical benefits package is unique. While eligible Veterans receive coverage for most care and services, only some will qualify for added benefits. Join Ms. Maggie Kazmierski to gain a better understanding on the benefits process and what benefits and resources might be available to you.
November 8, 2021
Multi-Disciplinary Care in MS: It Takes a Village
Speaker: Rebecca Spain, MD, MSPH, FAAN -- Associate Director, Clinical Care, VA MS Center of Excellence West and Director, MS Regional Program, VA Portland Health Care System
VA has a large network of health care professionals, with various specialties, who are available to help you with your care. The members of your Multidisciplinary Care Team will work with you to ensure you get the care you need, when you need it. Join Dr. Rebecca “Becca” Spain to learn about who may be involved with your care and how you can be an active participant in your health care plan. Remember, as the person with MS, YOU will get to know more about your condition than anybody else. The more you know, the more you can share, helping your MS Multidisciplinary Care Team help you.
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