Portland VA Medical Center
February 2020

Monday, Feb 3, 2020
Free From Falls - program for Veterans living with multiple sclerosis (MS)
 
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg. 101, Room 201
 
Free From Falls
 
Falls are quite common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS).  But there is something you can do to reduce your risk and prevent unnecessary injuries that can impact your well-being.
Free From Falls is an 8-week fall prevention program designed specifically for people with MS who are able to walk, but may be at risk for falling.
In just 8 weeks, in a fun and supportive group atmosphere, you will:
  • Gain an increased awareness of what can contribute to falls
  • Identify strategies you can use to prevent falls
  • Engage in balance exercises to improve balance, endurance and mobility
  • Increase your confidence to avoid falls and manage falls, if they occur
 
Join the Free From Falls 8-week educational and exercise series:
Dates: Mondays, February 3 – March 30, 2020
(no February 17 class, sorry the web calendar does not allow skipping a week, but there is no class this date)
 
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Building 101, Room 201
Location: 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239
To register, please contact carol.choutka@nmss.org or 503-445-8350.
 
This program is provided in partnership by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, VA MS Center of Excellence-West and VA Portland Health Care System.
 
 
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
Healthy Teaching Kitchen Cooking Class (Cancelled)
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM (PST)
Location: PVAMC, 101 rm 109
 
- We are sorry - but this class had to be cancelled due to remodeling of the class room. -
 
Veterans - Join us the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month for cooking demos on ideas for making healthy foods at home. We cover everything from kitchen skills basics to meal planning. Each month is a different theme!
 
To register, call (503) 273-5112
No referral required.
Copay status: Depending on your service-connection and other factors, this class may have a co-pay ($15 per class).
If Veterans typically have a co-pay when visiting doctors or other health care professionals at the VA, this class will also have a co-pay.

Jessica Martini, MSCD RD
CHF Clinic Dietitian
Portland VA Healthcare System
503-220-8262, ext56783
 
 
Thursday, Feb 6, 2020
Mindfulness-Based Drop-In Support Group
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (PST)
Location: VA Portland Medical Center, Bldg 100, 8D, Room 104
 
The Caregiver Support Program offers a weekly Support Group
 
Thursdays, 1 -2 p.m., VA Portland Bldg 100, 8D, Room 104
 
»Supporting family caregivers in a confidential space to share their stories
»Learning self-care practices »Promoting health and well-being
»Building community support through engaging conversation
 
 
Open to family caregivers of Veterans of all eras.
For information contact your CSC at:
503-273-5210
 
 
Friday, Feb 7, 2020
iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Cancer Support Group
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM (PST)
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg 101, Rm 109, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239
 
iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation
Cancer Support Group
 
WHEN:
Fridays 11:00 - 12:30
 
WHERE:
Portland VA Medical Center
Bldg 101, Room 109
 
Please join us during any portion of your cancer journey…
 
iRest® can make your life a little better, day by day.
Backed by extensive research, iRest can help people navigate all life’s challenges and enhance one’s sense of well being and peace by helping one:
*Cope with daily stress
*Resolve trauma
*Decrease depression and anxiety
*Relieve chronic pain
*Improve sleep
*Awaken to your True Nature
 
To register...
Sandra Sommers
Oncology Social Worker
(503) 220-8262 ext: 57544
or
Marcy Stooksbury
Oncology Dietitian (503) 273-5232
 
More information is available on the web at...
 
 
Monday, Feb 10, 2020
Free From Falls - program for Veterans living with multiple sclerosis (MS)
 
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg. 101, Room 201
 
Free From Falls
 
Falls are quite common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS).  But there is something you can do to reduce your risk and prevent unnecessary injuries that can impact your well-being.
Free From Falls is an 8-week fall prevention program designed specifically for people with MS who are able to walk, but may be at risk for falling.
In just 8 weeks, in a fun and supportive group atmosphere, you will:
  • Gain an increased awareness of what can contribute to falls
  • Identify strategies you can use to prevent falls
  • Engage in balance exercises to improve balance, endurance and mobility
  • Increase your confidence to avoid falls and manage falls, if they occur
 
Join the Free From Falls 8-week educational and exercise series:
Dates: Mondays, February 3 – March 30, 2020
(no February 17 class, sorry the web calendar does not allow skipping a week, but there is no class this date)
 
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Building 101, Room 201
Location: 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239
To register, please contact carol.choutka@nmss.org or 503-445-8350.
 
This program is provided in partnership by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, VA MS Center of Excellence-West and VA Portland Health Care System.
 
 
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020
Mindfulness-Based Drop-In Support Group
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (PST)
Location: VA Portland Medical Center, Bldg 100, 8D, Room 104
 
The Caregiver Support Program offers a weekly Support Group
 
Thursdays, 1 -2 p.m., VA Portland Bldg 100, 8D, Room 104
 
»Supporting family caregivers in a confidential space to share their stories
»Learning self-care practices »Promoting health and well-being
»Building community support through engaging conversation
 
 
Open to family caregivers of Veterans of all eras.
For information contact your CSC at:
503-273-5210
 
 
Friday, Feb 14, 2020
Cancer Support Group for Veterans & Family
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (PST)
Location: Phone in Only, 800-767-1750, code 90947#
 
Cancer Support Group for Veterans & Family
Featuring:
  • Guest Speakers
  • Activities
  • Nutrition Info
  • Support
 
Please join us during any portion of your cancer journey…
 
To register, please call Marcy Stooksbury RDN
Oncology Dietitian
(503) 220-8262 ext. 57544
 
When:
2nd Friday of every month
10:00 - 11:00 am
 
Phone in only for the time being; 800-767-1750, code 90947#
 
More information is available on the web at...
 
Parkinsons Disease Support Group
 
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM (PST)
Location: Portland VA Medical Center
 
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
Supporting. Sharing. Uplifting.
Second Friday of each Month
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Portland VA Medical Center
 
You are invited to join a monthly support group for Veterans with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners.
 
Our support group provides an opportunity for people to meet regularly for mutual support and to exchange coping skills with others in matters relating to Parkinson’s disease.  We also feature guest speakers
Participants must register. 
Please contact:
Kristi Ketchum, LCSW
(503) 220-8262 ext. 58594
 
2020 Group Dates:
January 10
February 14
March 13
April 10
May 8
June 12
July 10
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11
 
 
iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Cancer Support Group
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM (PST)
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg 101, Rm 109, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239
 
iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation
Cancer Support Group
 
WHEN:
Fridays 11:00 - 12:30
 
WHERE:
Portland VA Medical Center
Bldg 101, Room 109
 
Please join us during any portion of your cancer journey…
 
iRest® can make your life a little better, day by day.
Backed by extensive research, iRest can help people navigate all life’s challenges and enhance one’s sense of well being and peace by helping one:
*Cope with daily stress
*Resolve trauma
*Decrease depression and anxiety
*Relieve chronic pain
*Improve sleep
*Awaken to your True Nature
 
To register...
Sandra Sommers
Oncology Social Worker
(503) 220-8262 ext: 57544
or
Marcy Stooksbury
Oncology Dietitian (503) 273-5232
 
More information is available on the web at...
 
 
Monday, Feb 17, 2020
Free From Falls - program for Veterans living with multiple sclerosis (MS)
 
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg. 101, Room 201
 
Free From Falls
 
Falls are quite common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS).  But there is something you can do to reduce your risk and prevent unnecessary injuries that can impact your well-being.
Free From Falls is an 8-week fall prevention program designed specifically for people with MS who are able to walk, but may be at risk for falling.
In just 8 weeks, in a fun and supportive group atmosphere, you will:
  • Gain an increased awareness of what can contribute to falls
  • Identify strategies you can use to prevent falls
  • Engage in balance exercises to improve balance, endurance and mobility
  • Increase your confidence to avoid falls and manage falls, if they occur
 
Join the Free From Falls 8-week educational and exercise series:
Dates: Mondays, February 3 – March 30, 2020
(no February 17 class, sorry the web calendar does not allow skipping a week, but there is no class this date)
 
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Building 101, Room 201
Location: 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239
To register, please contact carol.choutka@nmss.org or 503-445-8350.
 
This program is provided in partnership by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, VA MS Center of Excellence-West and VA Portland Health Care System.
 
 
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
Healthy Teaching Kitchen Cooking Class
 
Location: PVAMC, 101 rm 109
 
Veterans - Join us the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month for cooking demos on ideas for making healthy foods at home. We cover everything from kitchen skills basics to meal planning. Each month is a different theme!
 
To register, call (503) 273-5112
No referral required.
Copay status: Depending on your service-connection and other factors, this class may have a co-pay ($15 per class).
If Veterans typically have a co-pay when visiting doctors or other health care professionals at the VA, this class will also have a co-pay.

Jessica Martini, MSCD RD
CHF Clinic Dietitian
Portland VA Healthcare System
503-220-8262, ext56783
 
NAMI Homefront Mental Health Classes
 
Time: 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM (PST)
Location: Portland VA Medical Center
https://www.facebook.com/vaportland/events/
 
NAMI Homefront is a free, six-week class for loved ones of Military Service Members and Veterans who experience symptoms of a mental health condition. The class is taught by specially trained volunteers with lived experience.
 
Topics include:
- PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and more.
- Handling crisis and relapse.
- Navigating the VA medical system and DOD.
- Communication and empathy skills.
- Self-care, advocacy, and fighting stigma
 
February 18 - March 24, 2020
Tuesdays at 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Portland VA Medical Center
More details at www.namimultnomah.org/homefront
 
Can't make this class? Classes begin twice a year.
Please call 503-228-5692 to register.
NAMI Multnomah
namimultnomah.org | 503-228-5692 | info@namimultnomah.org
 
 
Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
LGBTQ Support Group - two locations Portland & Fairview
 
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM (PST)
Location: Portland VA Medical Center & Fairview VA Clinic
 
LGBTQ Support Group
The Portland VA is dedicated to providing diverse services for all Veterans. We currently offer two LGBTQ Support Groups at the Portland VA Medical Center and the Fairview VA Clinic.
 
Fairview Clinic  --- Every 3rd Thursday, Noon - 1 p.m
1800 NE Market Drive
Fairview, OR 97024
For questions or to inquire how to joint the Fairview group, contact: Dr. Aakash Kishore (503) 660-0677 or Sarah Campbell (503) 660-0710
 
Portland VA Medical Center -- Every other Wednesday
11 a.m - Noon
For questions or to inquire how to join the Portland VA group, contact Dr. Drew Fowler (503) 220-8262, ext. 54646 or Dr. Gina Ortola ext, 56610.
 
These groups are a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning Veterans to discuss and explore topics related to relationships, sexuality, health, identity, stress, and more. Topics are selected by group members with facilitation provided by VA staff.
 
 
 
Mindfulness-Based Drop-In Support Group
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (PST)
Location: VA Portland Medical Center, Bldg 100, 8D, Room 104
 
The Caregiver Support Program offers a weekly Support Group
 
Thursdays, 1 -2 p.m., VA Portland Bldg 100, 8D, Room 104
 
»Supporting family caregivers in a confidential space to share their stories
»Learning self-care practices »Promoting health and well-being
»Building community support through engaging conversation
 
 
Open to family caregivers of Veterans of all eras.
For information contact your CSC at:
503-273-5210
 
 
Friday, Feb 21, 2020
iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Cancer Support Group
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM (PST)
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg 101, Rm 109, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239
 
iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation
Cancer Support Group
 
WHEN:
Fridays 11:00 - 12:30
 
WHERE:
Portland VA Medical Center
Bldg 101, Room 109
 
Please join us during any portion of your cancer journey…
 
iRest® can make your life a little better, day by day.
Backed by extensive research, iRest can help people navigate all life’s challenges and enhance one’s sense of well being and peace by helping one:
*Cope with daily stress
*Resolve trauma
*Decrease depression and anxiety
*Relieve chronic pain
*Improve sleep
*Awaken to your True Nature
 
To register...
Sandra Sommers
Oncology Social Worker
(503) 220-8262 ext: 57544
or
Marcy Stooksbury
Oncology Dietitian (503) 273-5232
 
More information is available on the web at...
 
Mindful Resilience Yoga Class
 
Time: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM (PST)
Location: Portland Vet Center, 1505 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230
 
Mindful Resilience Yoga Class
 
An offering from
The Caregiver Support Program for Veterans & Caregivers
 
Beginning Sept. 20, 2019,
1st and 3rd Fridays
2 -3 p.m.
Portland Vet Center
1505 NE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97230
 
» This is a Seated Yoga class, no experience necessary
» Classes are 60 minutes
» Offering Range of Motion, Centering and Relaxation
» Open to Veterans of all eras, and their caregiver
For information contact:
Judy Ulibarri, RN, HWNC-BC,
Integrative Health Nurse
Cell: 971-373-3928
~Better health through better living~
 
 
Monday, Feb 24, 2020
Chronic Pain Resource Workshop: A Whole Health Approach
 
Time: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM (PST)
Location: Vancouver VA Campus, Bldg 11, Columbia Rm (3rd floor), 1601 East 4th Plain Boulevard Vancouver, WA 98661
https://www.facebook.com/events/2646732475421870/
 
Chronic Pain Resource Workshop: A Whole Health Approach
By the VA Center for Integrative Pain Center (CIPC)
 
Do you live with chronic pain? Join us to hear about the many resources available at Portland VA to help you manage chronic pain and improve your quality of life.
 
Presenters will include experts in:
 
Pain Medicine Medications Acupuncture
CBT for Chronic Pain Nutrition Mindfulness
Chiropractic Care Yoga/Tai Chi Stress Management
Health Coaching Vocational Rehab Physical Therapy
 
You will learn about multiple evidence-based approaches to reduce your pain-related distress and will leave with a plan of action to improve your daily life.
When: Monday, February 24, 2020
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
*healthy snack provided
Where: Columbia Room, Bldg 11, Vancouver Campus
 
For more information please call Caitlin O’Neill
503-220-8262 ext. 51177
 
To be scheduled, please call and leave a message with your name and last four and we will send a confirmation letter.
 
 
Free From Falls - program for Veterans living with multiple sclerosis (MS)
 
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg. 101, Room 201
 
Free From Falls
 
Falls are quite common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS).  But there is something you can do to reduce your risk and prevent unnecessary injuries that can impact your well-being.
Free From Falls is an 8-week fall prevention program designed specifically for people with MS who are able to walk, but may be at risk for falling.
In just 8 weeks, in a fun and supportive group atmosphere, you will:
  • Gain an increased awareness of what can contribute to falls
  • Identify strategies you can use to prevent falls
  • Engage in balance exercises to improve balance, endurance and mobility
  • Increase your confidence to avoid falls and manage falls, if they occur
 
Join the Free From Falls 8-week educational and exercise series:
Dates: Mondays, February 3 – March 30, 2020
(no February 17 class, sorry the web calendar does not allow skipping a week, but there is no class this date)
 
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Building 101, Room 201
Location: 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239
To register, please contact carol.choutka@nmss.org or 503-445-8350.
 
This program is provided in partnership by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, VA MS Center of Excellence-West and VA Portland Health Care System.
 
Healthy Kidneys Through Your Kitchen
 
Location: Portland VA Medical Center
https://www.facebook.com/events/2326714287429897/
 
Are you worried about your kidney function?
Were you diagnosed with kidney disease and unsure what you can do?
Did you know change in eating habits can help control weight, blood press, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.  Eating a healthy diet can improve kidney health.
Learn skills including:
· This class is for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.
· How diet can help your kidneys
· Learn recipes that fit the kidney diet
 
Portland VA
Medical Center
Bldg. 101, Room 109
 
Last Monday of the month
Jan, April, July, Oct
10:00—11:30 a.m.
 
Ask your dietitian or call (503) 273-5112 to register
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
NAMI Homefront Mental Health Classes
 
Time: 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM (PST)
Location: Portland VA Medical Center
https://www.facebook.com/vaportland/events/
 
NAMI Homefront is a free, six-week class for loved ones of Military Service Members and Veterans who experience symptoms of a mental health condition. The class is taught by specially trained volunteers with lived experience.
 
Topics include:
- PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and more.
- Handling crisis and relapse.
- Navigating the VA medical system and DOD.
- Communication and empathy skills.
- Self-care, advocacy, and fighting stigma
 
February 18 - March 24, 2020
Tuesdays at 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Portland VA Medical Center
More details at www.namimultnomah.org/homefront
 
Can't make this class? Classes begin twice a year.
Please call 503-228-5692 to register.
NAMI Multnomah
namimultnomah.org | 503-228-5692 | info@namimultnomah.org
 
 
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020
Ash Wednesday Services - Vancouver & Portland
 
Location: Vancouver & Portland VA Campus
https://www.facebook.com/events/1557371264412181/
 
CHAPLAIN SERVICES SERVICES
ASH WEDNESDAY - All Are Welcome
February 26, 2020
 
Ceremonial Burning and Ash Imposition
Portland: Chaplain Service Patio (3B-100) – 7:30 a.m.
Vancouver: Exterior near History Museum – 7:30 a.m.
 
Imposition of Ashes
Portland Chapel – 12:15 p.m. & 6:30 p.m
Vancouver Temporary Chapel (CLC A105f) – 1:00 p.m.
 
Chaplains will circulate with ashes to work groups and locations on both VA campuses upon request.
(Vancouver 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & Portland 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
 
For additional information contact: Chaplain Services
(503) 220-8262 ext. 57021
 
VA Veterans Listening Session/Resource Fair
 
Time: 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM (PST)
Location: Oregon Veterans Home, The Dalles, Oregon
https://www.facebook.com/events/739314913263862/
 
You are invited to join VA Portland Health Care System, Portland Regional Benefits Office (VBA), Willamette National Cemetery Directors, & Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss ideas & ask questions regarding VA & other services.

VA staff, VBA Claims reps., accredited Veteran Service Officers, and Veteran Service Organizations will be present to answer questions, talk about programs and services, claims, enrollment, and additional resources available to Veterans.

If you are a Veterans Service Organization that would like to have a resource table at this event please contact us (limited space available).

Questions? Contact VA Portland Public Affairs at
(503) 808-1920 or VHAPOR-PublicAffairs@med.va.gov
 
 
Thursday, Feb 27, 2020
Mindfulness-Based Drop-In Support Group
 
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM (PST)
Location: VA Portland Medical Center, Bldg 100, 8D, Room 104
 
The Caregiver Support Program offers a weekly Support Group
 
Thursdays, 1 -2 p.m., VA Portland Bldg 100, 8D, Room 104
 
»Supporting family caregivers in a confidential space to share their stories
»Learning self-care practices »Promoting health and well-being
»Building community support through engaging conversation
 
 
Open to family caregivers of Veterans of all eras.
For information contact your CSC at:
503-273-5210
 
Bend Veterans Listening Session
 
Time: 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM (PST)
Location: Bend Moose Lodge 384, 61357 S Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97702
https://www.facebook.com/events/248361379481301/
 
In partnership with Central Oregon Veterans Outreach (COVO), you are invited to join VA Portland Health Care System, Portland Regional Benefits Office (VBA), & Willamette National Cemetery Directors, to discuss ideas & ask questions regarding VA services.
 
VA staff, VBA Claims reps., accredited VSOs, and Veteran Service Organizations will be present to answer questions, talk about programs and services, enrollment, and additional resources available to Veterans.
 
If you are a Veterans Service Organization that would like to have a resource table at this event please contact us (limited space available).
 
Questions? Contact VA Portland Public Affairs at
(503) 808-1920 or VHAPOR-PublicAffairs@med.va.gov
 
 
 
Friday, Feb 28, 2020
iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Cancer Support Group
 
Time: 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM (PST)
Location: Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg 101, Rm 109, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239
 
iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation
Cancer Support Group
 
WHEN:
Fridays 11:00 - 12:30
 
WHERE:
Portland VA Medical Center
Bldg 101, Room 109
 
Please join us during any portion of your cancer journey…
 
iRest® can make your life a little better, day by day.
Backed by extensive research, iRest can help people navigate all life’s challenges and enhance one’s sense of well being and peace by helping one:
*Cope with daily stress
*Resolve trauma
*Decrease depression and anxiety
*Relieve chronic pain
*Improve sleep
*Awaken to your True Nature
 
To register...
Sandra Sommers
Oncology Social Worker
(503) 220-8262 ext: 57544
or
Marcy Stooksbury
Oncology Dietitian (503) 273-5232
 
More information is available on the web at...