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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Health Education

The staff at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center has provided a number of ways for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and self-manage your own health.

Patient Education Resource Center

Our Patient Education Resource Center (PERC) is managed by an experienced patient education librarian and staffed with volunteers and students. The center contains a collection of easy-to-read health and wellness books, respected health education newsletters, videos and other materials. Computers with internet access are available for patient use.

The PERC is located between the entrances to the OEF/OIF and Primary Care Clinics on the 1st floor of the Medical Center.

Patient Education Programs

Clinical staff provides ongoing health education and programs on a variety of topics both through one-on-one counseling and group classes.

  • health promotion
  • tests and procedures
  • medications and medication side effects
  • diagnoses
  • tobacco cessation
  • transition to home
  • treatments
  • weight management (MOVE)

Ask your provider or nurse to tell you what is available that will  fit your specific needs.

Healthwise for Life Books

All patients receive a copy of Healthwise for Life, a self-care guide book that helps our Veterans make better health decisions.

When you first receive Healthwise for Life …

Open the front cover and remove the insert. Fill in your Medical ID Card and place it in your wallet. This insert includes tips on how to be prepared for your doctor visits and reminds you to ask questions.

Help at the turn of a page:  Inside Healthwise for Life, you’ll find a number of topics written to help you make better health-related decisions. There is information about when to call your VA provider about a health problem, how to treat problems at home and what you can do to prevent health problems.

Specific examples of healthcare information you’ll find in your guide:

  • Returning Service Members information, page xi.
  • Smart tips for working with your provider, page 2.
  • How to get better care at VISN 10. On page 4, read about ways to be active in your care.
  • How to refill prescriptions, page 6.
  • TeleCare Nurse Advice Line help, page 8.
  • The latest advice on how to stay healthy. On page 14, find some screening tests that can help you stay healthy today and in the future.
  • What to do for first aid and emergencies. Pages 96 to 144 covers first aid and emergency topics from A-to-Z.
  • Information on common health problems, from A to Z. Use the symptom guides on pages 149 to 155 if you don’t know what topic you need.
  • How to live better with chronic conditions. On page 381, read how to manage chronic pain.
  • How to manage mental health problems. On page 433 read about specialized treatment for sexual trauma. On page 443, learn ways to recover from PTSD.

Go to Web codes link you to more information on My HealtheVet, VA’s Internet program. These codes take you to additional Healthwise tools that can help you make health decisions, better manage your chronic condition, or simply find more in-depth content. You can also search for thousands of other health topics at My HealtheVet.