San Francisco VA Medical Center
News and updates on Veterans issues from the San Francisco VA Medical Center • April 2012
Veterans Garden in Full Bloom Survey for Veterans
The Veterans Garden was created in
summer 2010 by Veterans from various Who Use VA Health
clinics, including the Mental Health Care
and Substance Abuse clinics. It was
designed by VA gardener Les Earl and
is located across the street from the The VA is conducting a national
Community Living Center (CLC). This survey. A random sample of
winter Veterans were able to plant 42,000 Veterans who are enrolled
their first crop of various vegetables in the VA system will be surveyed
and herbs. The Veterans that planted between March 26 and June
and maintained the garden were then 26. Enrolled Veterans who are
able to harvest the produce for their selected to complete the survey
own use. CLC residents have been will receive a letter with more
able to use the area to relax, meditate, information.
and rest in the sun and they’ll even be
using some of the garden vegetables The purpose of the survey is to
for their dinner club. Veterans from the give the VA critical and essential
Women’s Clinic will soon have a couple information of how Veterans
of the raised beds to use for themselves. use VA health services. This
The garden is open to all Veterans who information supports annual
are interested in working in the garden. VHA projections of enrollment,
For more information call Bill Clift at utilization, and expenditures, as
(415) 221-4810, ext. 4922. well as into a variety of high level
VHA budget and policy related
Get Ready to Walk & Roll! The survey may be by phone,
On Wednesday, May 16, the San front of the Community Living Center mail, or online. If you are selected,
Francisco VA Medical Center will be (CLC) at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m., your participation will help
joining VA Medical Center’s across or 5 p.m. A Zumba class will also be ensure that VA provides the best
the country to host the held at the CLC at noon. There is no care possible for Veterans, when
annual VA2K Walk and entry fee but participants and where it is needed.
Roll, benefitting are encouraged
homeless Veterans to donate an If you’d like to see previous survey
and promoting item for homeless reports, visit VA’s planning and
health and or in-need policy website at: www.va.gov/
wellness. Veterans. Items healthpolicyplanning/reports1.
Employees and being accepted include: asp.
Veterans will be taking part in a 1.2 new socks, knit hats, and sweatshirts.
mile/15-20 minute walk/roll which will All donations will directly support Your support in this survey will
begin at our Community Living Center homeless Veterans. For more help ensure that we provide the
(Building 208), and will go down 38th information call Michelle Tapia, LCSW, best care possible where it is
Avenue and back. Walkers can meet in at (415) 221-4810, ext. 4238. needed, and when it is needed.
Coming Soon: “Ask a Use My HealtheVet to Reach
Pharmacist” Your Health Care Goals
Your health care team wants to work
with you to help you reach your goals.
Talk with your team about what is right
for you. Decide where you can improve
your health. Then use My HealtheVet
to help you get it done. For example, if
you have a chronic illness, you’re more eat and drink, you can use the “Food
likely to live healthy with your illness if Journal.” If you decide to keep track of
you eat the right foods, are active, and your activities and your sleep, you can
get enough sleep. use the “Activity Journal.”
To learn more about keeping a balance You can also download your personal
between what you eat and drink, how information stored in My HealtheVet
active you are, and getting the sleep from the Blue Button. This makes it
you need, visit “Healthy Living Centers” possible for you to view, print, or save
Coming soon there will be new way
under “Research Health.” Once you your health information currently
for Veteran patients, caregivers and
understand what you can do to live available in My HealtheVet. For more
family members to connect with
healthy, as a registered user you can use information about about all that My
pharmacy medical information and
many of the options in “Track Health.” HealtheVet has to offer go to: www.
a pharmacist – day or night!
If you decide to keep track of what you myhealth.va.gov.
You may have questions about
your medications while you’re
at home, after the pharmacy has
closed. What do you do? In the near Resources
future, you’ll be able to go to your Want to Save $?
My HealtheVet account online and Clearlake VA Clinic
15145 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake, 95422 A recent article in Government
select “Ask a Pharmacist”. This will 707-995-7200 Executive included an extensive
allow enrolled Veterans to search
listing of discounted services
an extensive medical archive Eureka VA Clinic
714 F. St., Eureka, 95501 and products available to
developed by VA pharmacists and
707-442-5335 Veterans, military members
find answers to frequently asked
and government employees.
medication questions. San Bruno VA Clinic Discounts include everything
1001 Sneath Ln, # 300, San Bruno, 94066 from restaurants, cell phones,
Veterans who have completed in- 650-615-6000
vacations and gift baskets to eye
person authentication may also use
S.F. VA Downtown Clinic care, clothing, computers, home
My HealtheVet’s Secure Messaging
401 3rd St., San Francisco, 94107 security, car rentals and more.
to ask questions directly to local VA 415-281-5100 Check it out at: www.govexec.
pharmacists, any time.
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Check future issues of Veteran
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