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.
Get Recommended Screening October 2020
Learn more about the best preventive services (including breast cancer screening) for you here.
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.
- October 2020: Get Recommended Screenings Stay up-to-date on your preventive health care needs (including breast cancer screening) Learn more here.
- November 2020: Be Tobacco Free
- December 2020: Manage Stress
- September 2020 Be Safe: Prevent STIs. Learn more about the actions you can take to protect yourself against the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)here.
- August 2020: Get Recommended Immunizations Don’t forget your annual flu shot. Talk with your provider and Learn more here.
- July 2020: Ask About Low Blood Sugars Prevent episodes of low blood sugar to manage diabetes. Learn more here.
- June 2020: Be Safe: Prevent Falls Older adults can be at higher risk of falling, learn more here about how to prevent falls.
- May 2020: Be Physically Active Be Physically Active to take care of yourself and your health. Learn more here.
- April 2020: Limit Alcohol If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation and avoid "binge drinking." Learn more here
- March 2020: Eat Wisely Follow some of these tips to eat wisely and improve your overall health and well-being.
- February 2020: Strive for a Healthy Weight Controlling your weight helps you stay healthy now and in the future.
- January 2020: Be Involved in Your Health Care You can take an active role in your health care. Work with your health care team to manage your health.
- December 2019: Manage Stress Feeling stressed? It's commonplace. Consider checking out some of these simple options for managing your stress.
- November 2019: Be Tobacco Free Thinking about quitting? We can help. Quitting tobacco is the number one step to take to improve your health.
- October 2019: Get Recommended Vaccines and Screening Tests New cancer cases can be reduced and many cancer deaths can be prevented. Studies show that screening for breast, cervical, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer helps find these diseases at an early, often highly treatable stage. Find out more about cancer screening tests.
- September 2019: Be Safe Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are increasing in the United States. STIs are spread by having sex with someone who has a STI. By learning more about STIs you can learn how to protect yourself and others.
- August 2019: Get Recommended Vaccines and Screening Tests Recommendations for preventive services depend on your age, gender, health status, and family history. Find out which immunizations are recommended for you.
- July 2019: Be Involved in Your Health Care: Ask About Low Blood Sugars It is important for patients who have diabetes to talk with their health care provider about selecting a safe and effective blood glucose target range that is based on their own goals, priorities and lifestyles.
- Monthly Prevention Topics
- 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.
- Healthy Living Message Patient Handouts
- Each Healthy Living Message may be downloaded to share with patients. They contain information that is important for living a healthy life.
- Clinician Fact Sheets
- Detection of Cognitive Impairment
- 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 2015-2020
- The Dietary Guidelines is designed for nutrtion and health professionals to help all individuals ages 2 years and older and their families consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet. The information in the Dietary Guidelines is used by policymakers in developing Federal food, nutrition and healthy policies and programs. It also is the basis for Federal nutrition education materials designed for the public and for the nutrition education components of HHS and USEA 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.