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National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a great reminder to make sure you are up to date on all your vaccinations.

On this week's Wellness Wednesday, Dr. Richard Brooks discusses the importance of vaccines during National Immunization Awareness Month.

Washington DC VA Medical Center Earns Gold Seal of Approval

The Washington DC VA Medical Center earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

A burgundy border surrounds the words Wellness Wednesday, Motivating and partnering with Veterans to Live Whole Health. A photo of Dr. Katharine Harper, the director of adult reconstruction at the DC VA Medical Center, sits next to her quote which reads:

Adventure Buddies: Sammie and Sofie

In honor of National Service Dog Appreciation week, Sofie the guide dog and her owner, Air Force Veteran Sammie Clay, share their story.

A photograph of Air Force Veteran Sammie Clay talking to her standard poodle guide dog, Sofie, during a visit to the Women's Health Clinic at the Washington DC VA Medical Center on August 9, 2022.

Understanding Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is the third deadliest form of cancer in the United States.

A grey border with the words Wellness Wednesday surrounds a photo of Dr. Michael Yao, the Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. Next to his photo, Dr. Yao's quote reads: This screening saves lives and the benefits outweigh any momentary discomfort.

Overdose Awareness Month

Drug overdose is a public health crisis that claims more than 96 thousand lives every year in America. Opioid use accounts for 67.8% of those overdose deaths.

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VA Researchers Find High Risk Of Lung Cancer In Older Smokers Previously Considered Low Risk

Washington DC VA Medical Center Physician Researchers have found that current and former older smokers, who were previously not recommended for annual lung-cancer screening, may have a high risk of lung cancer.

Pictured are Washington DC VA Medical Center Research Physicians from left to right: Ali Ahmed, MD, MPH, Associate Chief of Staff for Health and Aging; J. Anthony Nations, MD, Deputy Chief of Staff; Helen M. Sheriff, MD; and Charles Faselis, MD, Chief of Staff.

National Minority Mental Health Month

As a psychologist at the Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center, Chanda Corbett, PhD, has cared for WWII, Korean and Vietnam era Veterans for nine years.  She says they are constantly teaching her new things.

A brown border that says Wellness Wednesday, around a photo of Chanda Corbett, PhD., who is a psychologist at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. A quote from Corbett reads: Veterans of color need allies. They need to believe that we recognize their service and sacrifice and that we are here to support them.

Coming Soon to Your DC VA Waiting Room: VA Mobile Check-in

VA is modernizing the way you check in for an outpatient appointment!

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VA Offers Menopause Relief to Veterans

This July, VA Women’s Health is working to help Veterans become informed while navigating menopause. This campaign focuses on outlining the variety of menopause experiences veterans may have, and the full range of treatments available at VA.

A Pink and white graphic that says Wellness Wednesday and features a headshot of nurse practitioner, Helen Hannah. She is our featured subject matter expert in the article below who discusses menopause. A pulled quote from the article appears next to her image and it says

Herbal-Prescription Interaction Awareness Month

July is designated as Herbal-Prescription Interaction Awareness Month to educate consumers about the risks associated with taking herbal supplements before consulting your doctor.

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