Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) - Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP)

The Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center staff is dedicated to collaborating with each Veteran to assist and support their efforts to live with chronic diseases, improve their health and meet wellness goals. Understanding that a significant number of chronic diseases are the result of unhealthy lifestyles or inadequate preventive care, the McGuire Medical Center offers opportunities to Veterans for exploration, engagement and development of lifestyles & practices that enrich and support clinical medical care.

Facility wide, we want to personalize medical and wellness care to each Veteran needs. We will be proactive by looking ahead and developing a plan with each Veteran for their specific life challenges & medical diagnoses. We are delivering patient-driven care that is dependent on needs and personal goals of each Veteran. More Care, Better Care, We Care!

Facility Wide Programs That Will Help You Reach Healthy Lifestyles:
Chaplain Service | Health Coaching | MOVE! / MyHealtheVet | Parkinson’s Disease Education & Support | Primary Care PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) | Mental Health Services | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation including aqua therapy, T’ai Chi, Yoga | Recreation Therapy | Substance Abuse Program | Tobacco Cessation | TeleHealth | VIP (Veteran Integrative Pain) Center & Complementary Integrative Medicine therapies such as Acupuncture, Biofeedback, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Nutrition, Qi Gong, Mindfulness | Veteran Service Organizations


Consider the 9 Healthy Living Messages:

  1. Be Involved in YOUR Health Care - you are the expert on your life, your habits, your hopes & dreams. Work with your health care team to improve your health & meet your needs for the life you want to live.
  2. Be Tobacco Free – If you are a tobacco user, quitting tobacco is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and protect the health of your family & pets.
  3. Be Physically Active – Avoid inactivity. Aim for 150 minutes (2 and ½ hours) of moderate to intense exercise each week. Every 10-minute session counts. Start low & slow – MOVE. You do not have to be great to start. You do have to start to be great.
  4. Eat Wisely – Eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Limit salt, fat, sugar & alcohol
  5. Strive for a Healthy Weight – Staying in control of your weight helps you be healthy now and in the future. If you need to lose weight –losing even a little will help. If you are of normal weight, maintain it!
  6. Limit Alcohol – If you chose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation (women no more than 1 drink a day; men no more than 2 drinks a day.) Avoid ‘binge’ drinking.
  7. Get Recommended Screening Tests & Immunizations – recommendations for preventative services depend on your age, gender, health status and family history. Ask and discuss with your PACT which screening tests and immunizations are recommended for you.
  8. Manage Stress – Are you having difficulty coping with life’s demands? This is stress. Too much stress causes problems. Learn ways to help you manage and reduce your stress.
  9. Be Safe – Find out how to prevent sexually transmitted infections, falls, & motor vehicle accidents. Take action to protect yourself and those you love from harm.


HealtheLiving Assessment

Personal Health Inventory


The HPDP Team:

Christina Flory, PA-c, Health Promotion Disease Prevention program manager (804-659-5171; email) is responsible for program development and implementation and supports the delivery and evaluation of clinical preventive services. With the HBC, the HPDP program manager co-chairs the HPDP committee, & facilities specific staff training such as TEACH for Success, Whole Health Enrich the Conversation and PACT training. She delivers direct clinical care through programs such as “Beat It For Life – Prediabetes Healthy Teaching Kitchen workshop”, MOVE!, Tobacco Cessation.

Patricia Sutton, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Veteran Health Educator (VHEC) (804-675-5000 x1067; email), serves as the designated focal point, coordinator, advocate, and liaison for all Veterans and family health education programs in VA facilities. Facility and clinical leadership depend on the VHEC to ensure that the VHE Program contributes to the facility's mission, goals and objectives; the VHEC is responsible for VHE strategic planning. The VHEC ensures that the VHE Program meets all VHA requirements and collaborates with facility quality management staff to ensure accreditation standards relating to patient education are met. The VHEC consults with clinical staff and ensures that they receive training in evidence-based health education interventions and skills, and health education program development. The VHEC serves as a subject matter expert in health education.

Rebecca Aycock, PhD, Health Behavior Coordinator (804-675-5000 ext. 7585; email) is responsible for collaborating with the Healthy Living Team to integrate evidence-based health behavior change, preventive care and  self-management support interventions into care. With the HPDP program manager, HBC co-chairs the HPDP committee, & facilities specific staff training such as TEACH for Success, Motivational Interviewing and PACT training. She delivers direct clinical care through programs such as ACT for Chronic Pain, MOVE!, Tobacco Cessation, and mindful coping workshop.

For more information:

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

VA Patient Centered Care



Veterans Health Library