Rural Health Expert Talk Series

Stress of Family Caregiving During Chronic Illness
Gordon Meiklejohn Endowed Professor, Head Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of MedicineJean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH

In this video talk, Dr. Kutner summarizes key issues in Family Caregiving. Caregivers often are referred to as the "hidden patients" as they suffer from a number of stress-induced problems associated with their caregiving role.

Oscar the Cat: Lessons Learned
Professor of Community Health, Warrent Alpert School of Medicine at Brown UniversityJoan M. Teno, MD, MS

In this video talk, Dr. Teno introduces us to Oscar the Cat, a hospice pet who gained international fame because of his ability to predict the death of patients. Through Oscar's story, we are given three valuable lessons on caring for persons with Advanced Dementia.

Advance Care Planning

Professor of Community Health, Warrent Alpert School of Medicine at Brown UniversityJoan M. Teno, MD, MS

In this video talk, Dr. Teno summarizes key issues in Advance Care Planning (ACP) Three court cases that have affected ACP legal policy are addressed in detail. In addition, Dr. Teno describes two stories that depict two very different patients - a young, "healthy" patient with cancer and an older woman with advanced dementia.

Partnering with the Rural Community
Deputy Director of the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center, Western RegionNancy Dailey, MSN, RN-BC

In this video talk, Nancy Dailey discusses partnerships with the rural community. The Elko, Nevada community is used as an example where the VA has partnered with the local government and state university system to bring health care to rural veterans.

Office of Rural Health: Overview
Director of the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center, Western RegionByron Bair, MD, MBA

In this video talk, Dr. Bair gives us an overview of the VA Office of Rural Health (ORH); he details its vision and strategy for helping veterans and building collaborations with the community.

Rural Veterans: Introduction & Overview
Director of the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center, Western RegionByron Bair, MD, MBA

In this video talk, Dr. Bair defines rural health and summarizes key findings on rural and highly-rural veterans in terms of overall health status, mortality rates, and access to health care.

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