National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
This website provides healthcare resources for clinicians and others in healthcare.
On the site, you will find information for use in your practice and corresponding information for Veterans and the public. Links to other VA program offices and programs are also provided. Information specific to VHA is located on the NCP intranet website.
Being physically active is an important step that you can take to improve your health. Any physical activity can improve health-related fitness. Learn more
All Monthly Prevention Topics include patient handouts to download and useful websites. Many of the topics correlate with the National Health Observances. You can have the handouts available in waiting rooms, health fairs and other educational forums.
Upcoming EditionsBeing physically active is an important step that you can take to improve your health. Any physical activity can improve health-related fitness.
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You can play an active role by working with your health care team to improve your health. Learn more
- May 2022: Be Physically Active
- June 2022: Sleep Well
- July 2022: Be Involved in Your Health Care: Ask About Low Blood Sugars
- August 2022: Get Recommended Vaccines and Screening Tests: Focus on Vaccinations
- September 2022: Be Safe: STIs
- October 2022: Get Recommended Vaccines and Screening Tests: Focus on Cancer Early Detection
- November 2022: Be Tobacco Free
- December 2022: Manage Stress
- January 2023: Limit Alcohol
- February 2023: Strive for a Healthy Weight
- March 2023: Eat Wisely
- April 2023: Be Involved in Your Health Care
- May 2023: Be Physically Active
- June 2023: Sleep Well
- July 2023: Be Involved in Your Health Care: Manage Blood Sugars
- August 2023: Get Recommended Vaccines and Screening Tests: Focus on Vaccinations
- September 2023: Be Safe: Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections
- October 2023: Get Recommended Vaccines and Screening Tests: Focus on Breast Cancer Screening
- November 2023: Be Tobacco Free
- December 2023: Manage Stress
- April 2022: Be Involved in Your Health Care
- March 2022: Eat Wisely
- February 2022: Strive for a Healthy Weight
- January 2022: Limit Alcohol
- December 2021: Manage Stress
- November 2021: Be Tobacco Free
- October 2021: Get Recommended Vaccines and Screening Tests: Focus on Cancer Early Detection
- September 2021: Be Safe Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections
- August 2021: Get Recommended Screening and Tests: Focus on Vaccinations
- July 2021: Be Involved in Your Health Care: Ask About Low Blood Sugars
- June 2021: Eat Wisely
- May 2021: Be Physically Active
- Healthy Living Messages and Patient Handouts
- There are ten evidence-based Healthy Living Messages may be downloaded to share with patients. They contain information that is important for living a healthy life.
- Clinician Fact Sheets
- HealtheLiving Assessment (HLA)
- Shared Decision Making: SHARE Approach and Teach Back
- Public Health
- This site includes information for Veterans and health care clinicians for Infection: Don't Pass it On (IDPIO) Campaign, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation.
- Women Veterans Health Care
- An office within the Office of Patient Care Services, this site contains information about the health care and other needs of eligible women veterans.
- VA National Center for PTSD
- Information for Veterans, their families and health care clinicians including fact sheets, videos, and more about trauma to help answer your questions about PTSD and related issues. It also has the latest VA/DoD PTSD clinical practice guidelines.
- Patient Engagement (PE) Toolkit
- Working efficiently while completing tasks and promoting a high standard for quality work is important for both you and your patients. To assist in the promotion of a balanced workload, the Center for the Evaluation of Patient Aligned Care Teams (CEPACT) created the Patient Engagement (PE) Toolkit. The PE Toolkit can help you best use your time, providing best practices from others in the health care field, Veterans and advocates. Learn more about Patient Engagement or go directly to the PE Toolkit.
Federal Government Resources
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Find links for clinical information, comparative effectiveness, news and events, research findings, publications, and more.
- US Preventive Services Task Force
- is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services.
- The National Women's Health Information Center
- The National Women's Health Information Center (OWH) is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. OWH works to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States through: its innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.
- CDC's Healthy Living Home Page
- A vast variety of topics on healthy living and staying healthy throughout your life.
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025
- The Dietary Guidelines are the cornerstone of Federal food and nutrition guidance and are designed to focus on health promotion and disease prevention. The information in the Dietary Guidelines is used to develop food, nutrition, and health policies and programs. It also serves as the basis for nutrition education materials designed for the public and for the nutrition education components of USDA and HHS food programs..
- Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User's Guide
- This manual was developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but applies to any situation when patients need good information to make sound choices.