Health Education - VA Maryland Health Care System
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VA Maryland Health Care System


Health Education

The staff members at the VA Maryland Health Care System have provided a number of ways for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and self-manage your own health. For more information on any of the programs listed below, contact the Patient Health Education Coordinator at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7045.

My HealtheVet

The My HealtheVet web site provides veterans and their family members excellent and reliable patient education information, as well as the latest VA News. Information about veteran’s benefits is also available. Upon registering with My HealtheVet, you will be able to:

  • refill prescriptions online
  • keep personal food and activity journals
  • monitor your personal health data, such as blood pressure and pain levels
  • maintain your own self-entered personal health record

For more information about My HealtheVet, please call 410-605-7045.

New Patient Orientation Video

Our new patient orientation video, which is broken down into 24 brief sections, outlines all you need to know to get started in accessing your health care services from the VA Maryland Health Care System. Click here to watch a New Patient Orientation video.

Outpatient Health Education

Clinical staff members provide ongoing health education during regularly scheduled outpatient clinic visits. Information focuses on health promotion, upcoming tests and procedures, medications, diagnoses and treatments.

Inpatient Health Education

Clinical staff members begin the patient education process at the time of admission, during the hospital stay and at discharge. Our goal is to provide a hospital environment where patients continually receive updated health information, are able to ask questions about their health and can enjoy a comfortable stay in our facility.

Patient Newsletter

HealthWatch is a biannual newsletter for veteran patients and their family members that provides health and wellness information, tips on navigating the VA Maryland Health Care System, updates on new programs and services and announcements about copayments and eligibility criteria. Visit our Publication page for online issues of HealthWatch.

Veterans’ HealthWatch Cable Show

Veterans throughout Maryland can receive valuable information about the various health care benefits and services available to them by tuning in to Veterans’ HealthWatch, an award winning monthly cable show that is produced by the VA Maryland Health Care System. The half-hour program provides a viewer-friendly format for veterans and their family members to learn more about the programs and services offered by the VA Maryland Health Care System. The show also features a wealth of health and wellness information. View current and past editions of Veterans’ HealthWatch online.

MOVE! Weight Management Program

MOVE! is a weight self-management program for Veterans who want to improve their health.  MOVE! classes meets weekly throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System. The class teaches veterans to make life style changes through behavior modification and appropriate food choices. The classes also provide tips on exercise and safety. For additional information about the MOVE! Program, speak to your primary care provider or contact the Appointment Call Center at 410-605-7333 to schedule to attend a MOVE! class.  Additional information is also available at the MOVE! Weight Management Program web page.

E-News Subscription Service

To provide veteran patients and their family members with immediate updates about health and benefits information, the VA Maryland Health Care System has developed an E-News Subscription Service. Once enrolled, you will receive e-mail messages from us about important health care issues, changes in VA eligibility, new programs and services, special events and educational programs, and changes in clinic hours and schedules. Enroll today for the E-News Subscription Service.