2018-2019 Gold Humanism Honor Society National Project
This Quality Improvement Project addresses healthcare disparities through the identification of veteran status and associated risk for unique employment-related illnesses.
Our overarching goal for this initiative is to encourage physicians to correctly identify those veterans already in their patient panels, and eventually become comfortable obtaining the necessary history to provide effective healthcare using all applicable sources available for this population.
- Academic and community clinicians provide a large percentage of healthcare for veterans, and the trend towards community care will continue to accelerate due to outsourcing by the VA.
- Standard medical education does not provide ample understanding of the unique healthcare needs of service members and their families, both during and after their tour of service.
- A lack of knowledge by community providers about how to access services specifically available for this population leads to many missed opportunities for care.
- The lack of education on the topic of veteran’s health leads to a failure to identify and effectively care for our service members living side by side with civilian neighbors.
Chapters participating in the Veterans Gold Health Initiative:
Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Kansas City University of Medicine/ WRNMMC
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
The Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCOM)
University of California Irvine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Wake Forest School of Medicine
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine