From Concept to Action: Building Coalitions with VA and Veterans
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in the nation with 144 hospitals and 1,203 community-based outpatient clinics nationwide. Under its Fourth Mission (Readiness and Preparedness), VA provides medical support to other agencies and local communities in response to disasters and emergencies. In addition to facilities in all 50 states, VA operates facilities in Guam, Philippines, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
VA itself has been significantly impacted by disasters and emergencies. Five VA hospitals were destroyed by natural disasters since 1971, including two in the last decade. In addition, a sixth hospital was closed for more than six months during 2012-2013 because of Hurricane Sandy.
As VA aims to fulfill this responsibility, it is vital to involve Veterans and their families in this effort so that VA can fulfill its mission to care for those “who shall have the borne the battle“ and for their families and survivors even during emergencies and disasters.
The 6th Annual ARC Conference will be held on December 1-3, 2015 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA. The December 1 workshop includes a panel of industry healthcare, academic and agency leaders who will assess the impact of pre-disaster healthcare system capacity and care coordination on post-disaster recovery.
- Engaging Workshops: Address emerging issues that influence direct-patient care access in disasters and emergencies.
- Interactive Lunch workshop: Discuss ways to incorporate the unique skills of Veterans in strengthening the resiliency of local communities across the nation during major disasters.
- Networking Opportunities: Establish collaborative relationships to share experiences and solutions.