One high-ranking doctor with the Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping to transform and improve healthcare for veterans in Alaska. This week, Dr. Baligh Yehia, the assistant deputy under secretary for community care at the Veterans Health Administration, will get feedback from Alaskans on how to do it.
Yehia said Tuesday and Wednesday he’ll be discussing the Choice Program, a program passed by Congress at the end of 2014 and was meant to give a choice or access to community care. He said Alaska has been on the forefront of improving the program.
“The interesting thing for Alaska, is that Alaska has been doing community care for years,” Yehia said. “In fact, it’s such a vital part of the fabric of how we deliver health care here. So while very it was well‑intended for Alaska, it actually created more challenges. And so what we’re doing today is figuring out how we can make the system better and improve the experiences of not only veterans, but also our community partners that we work with.”
Fairbanks, VA Healthcare Forum with Dr. Baligh Yehia
- Tuesday, May 10
- Margaret Murie Building 982
- Community Provider Town Hall, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Veterans Listening Session, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Anchorage, VA Healthcare Forum with Dr. Baligh Yehia
- Wednesday, May 11
- Bartlett High School Auditorium
- Veterans Listening Session, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Community Provider Town Hall, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
For more information on upcoming events, check out the Alaska VA’s Facebook page.