Rural Veterans Health Initiatives

SCORH is dedicated to finding ways to ensure that all rural South Carolina Veterans have access to the quality health care they need and deserve.

Although South Carolina is a small state, we rank seventh in the nation for our Veteran to Civilian population, with 417,515 Veterans living in the state per 2015 Census Data projections. Approximately 75,000 Veterans currently seeking health care at either the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston or the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia are from rural or highly rural areas (per the VA’s Rural Health Resource Center). We know that in addition to the traditional challenges of long distances and lack of transportation faced by rural residents, rural Veterans also face barriers in seeking health care related to a lack of awareness of available resources and even stigma. SCORH’s team of dedicated health care professionals seeks to support rural Veterans through addressing the local health care delivery system in rural areas. By engaging and supporting rural providers in identifying and caring specifically for their Veteran patient populations, more pathways to care are made possible, helping to ensure Veterans are able to access the care they need.

Services Provided:
Our goal is to help rural, non-VA health care providers better understand the needs of and ultimately deliver more appropriate care for their Veteran patients. We know that this is challenging for many providers and so we have assembled a wide variety of educational resources and tools to facilitate necessary practice changes, including closely aligning our Veterans’ care support with our Center for Practice Transformation team. In addition, the following specialized services are available to rural providers:

  • Support for Non-VA Providers Interested in Joining the Veterans Choice Program
  • Connection to State and National Experts in Veterans Health Care Issues
  • Technical Assistance with Identifying Veterans in Patient Populations
  • Provider Training on Veterans Issues with Peer to Peer Consultative Support
  • Veteran Behavioral Health Care Expertise
  • For Eligible Providers Treating Veterans with PTSD or PTSD and TBI:
    • Teleconsultation with providers from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston
    • Telehealth Treatment Referral and Coordination via the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston




Resources for Providers about Veterans Choice Program

Program Contact

Stacey Day Halford, MSW, LMSW