Health Education - Durham VA Health Care System
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Durham VA Health Care System

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Health Education

The Durham VA Medical Center offers a number of ways for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and self-manage your own health and wellness.

Veterans Health Education
(Temporarily unavailable due to medical center construction)
Our Patient Education Resource Center contains a collection of easy-to-read health and wellness books, respected health education newsletters, disease-specific brochures and other materials. The Veteran Health Education Office is located in the Main Hospital Building on the Ground Floor.

The Patient Education Resource Center is located in the Main Hospital Building on the 1st Floor near Centralized Check-in.  Look for the My HealtheVet information sign.

The My HealtheVet site provides Veterans and their families excellent, reliable patient education information as well as the latest VA News. Information about Veterans benefits and services is also available. The My HealtheVet Coordinator Office is located in the Main Hospital Building on the 1st Floor near the main entrance of the medical center, Room D1003. You can reach the office at (919)-286-6813 or 1-888-878-6890 Extension: 6813.
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

Computers for Veterans and Family

Veterans and family can obtain health information with the dedicated and secure My HealtheVet computer terminals which are located in the Main Hosptial Building, Ground Floor, Room NG014, across the hall from the Medical Center Library.  Non-VA computers are available for limited personal use in the same area.

Outpatient Individual and Group Classes

Clinical staff provide ongoing health education during regularly scheduled outpatient clinic visits and business hours. Courses focus on:

  • health promotion
  • upcoming tests and procedures
  • medications
  • diagnoses
  • treatments

Staff can tell you about upcoming education classes that are available.

Inpatient Classes

Clinical staff 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
  • can enjoy as possible a comfortable and safe stay in our facility

VA Television (TV) Network

A variety of local and health education TV channels are available for all inpatient rooms and in some waiting areas. Ask the staff for further information on how to access the health education channels.