Supporting Our Veterans

NACHC is committed to supporting health centers serving veterans in their communities. Since 2013, NACHC has worked with health centers on a range of topics including veteran employment, increasing access to care for veterans and military family members, and establishing partnerships with veteran focused organizations in local communities.  Following are several tools and resources to assist health centers with their veteran focused programs and initiatives.

Recent Updates

NOTE: Updated versions of the Veterans Choice Program Fact Sheet and Veterans Choice Program Toolkit are coming soon.
Memorial Day Statement from NACHC President and CEO Tom Van Coverden (May 2018)
VA Revises Policy for Emergency Treatment Payment (March 2018)
VA Launches Online Resource for Community Care Providers (March 2018)
Serving the Oral Health Needs of Our Nation’s Military Heroes (January 2018)
The Rural Monitor: Veterans in Healthcare Careers (Oct 2017)
Health Center & Veterans Partnership Fact Sheet (August 2017)*
Veteran Success Stories (August 2017)*

Resources for Hiring Veterans

Veterans bring a unique skill set, valuable work experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service. Community Health Centers not only serve veterans; they are also working hard to recruit and hire veterans as part of a national initiative NACHC launched more than three years ago. To date, that effort has resulted in more than 8,000 veterans being hired at health centers around the country.

Learn more about hiring veterans at Community Health Centers:

Veteran Hiring Toolkit
Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Case Studies and Recommendations
Press Release: NACHC and U.S. Army Forge Partnership to Recruit More Veterans

Resources for Serving Veterans in the Community

The number of veterans seeking care at Community Health Centers has grown dramatically over the past several years, with the number of veterans served by health centers increasing by more than 55% from 2008 to 2016. This change is due in part to the passage of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act in 2014, which allows eligible veterans to receive health care in their communities rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility.

The Choice Act allows health centers to expand their outreach and engagement with veterans in their communities while at the same time receiving a reasonable level of reimbursement for services provided. Now, more than 700 health centers with more than 1,670 locations and more than 6,700 clinicians have signed up to become Choice providers. In 2016, 9 out of 10 health centers around the country served over 330,000 veterans.

With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, NACHC has created numerous targeted educational resources, conference presentations, webinars, and tools that have reached dozens of Primary Care Associations (PCAs) and hundreds of rural and urban health centers across the country.

Learn more about the Veterans Choice Program and Community Health Centers’ efforts to expand service for veterans:

VA’s Veterans Choice Program Website

Partnerships

Over the past several years, NACHC has supported the development of partnerships between health centers, the VA, graduate medical education programs, VA’s Third Party Administrators, Veteran Service Organizations, and other service providers. These partnerships have helped veterans access high quality care in their communities more easily.  These efforts have resulted in fact sheets, webinars, and success stories, which NACHC has used to educate health centers about best practices for successful partnership building.

Partnership areas include:

Community Outreach

NACHC has worked to support partnerships that encourage outreach to underserved veteran populations and inform veterans about the care options available to them in order to improve health care outcomes.

VA Partnerships

NACHC has helped health centers around the country as they develop direct relationships with their local VA facilities. These partnerships streamline the process for veterans interested in accessing community care, especially in remote communities or in communities near VA facilities with longer wait times.

Graduate Medical Education

NACHC has worked to support health centers interested in establishing educational affiliation agreements with the VA to support Graduate Medical Education. These partnerships enable enhanced patient care, education, and research in underserved communities, and encourage qualified providers to settle in underserved communities after their education finishes.

VA Webinar

Learn more about partnerships to support veterans:

Health Center and Veterans Partnership Fact Sheet (August 2017)*

Veteran Resources, Data, Maps

There is a significant amount of publicly available information health centers can use to start getting smart about the needs of their local veteran population.

National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau – Veterans Data
The Bureau of Labor Statistics – Veterans data 

Health centers can also find out more about how to serve veterans in their community by reaching out directly to their local VA facilities and and local military installations:

Find VA contacts
Find contacts at local military installations

 

For more information about NACHC’s efforts to support veterans or to join our mailing list contact Dick Bohrer at 301/347-0400.

*This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement number U30CS16089, Technical Assistance to Community and Migrant Health Centers and Homeless for $6,375,000.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.