Department of Veterans Affairs Partners with Global Liver Institute to Improve Veterans’ Liver Health

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a fresh collaboration with the Global Liver Institute (GLI) to enhance the quality of life for Veterans diagnosed with liver diseases.

Aimed at boosting Veteran awareness about liver disease, the VA and GLI will provide educational resources and host webinars. The joint effort also seeks to increase health care engagement among Veterans with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of liver disease and ensure equal access to information and care for Veterans from disadvantaged or underserved communities.

Education is a pivotal step towards preventing and improving care for liver disease. Current statistics indicate that over 30% of Veterans receiving VA care have risk factors for metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease, formerly known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The VA is committed to offering these Veterans the world-class health care they have earned and deserve.

Dr. Timothy Morgan, Director of VA’s National Liver Disease Program, expressed optimism about the new partnership. “Through this partnership with GLI, we’ll be able to better educate – and ultimately care for — Veterans who have liver disease or are at risk of liver disease,” he said. “We look forward to working with GLI to help the more than 4 million Veterans with risk factors for liver disease.”

Larry Holden, Chief Operating Officer at the Global Liver Institute, echoed these sentiments. “GLI believes in equitable access to information, support, and care for liver health for all — especially our nation’s Veterans,” said Holden. “By partnering with VA, we have a tremendous opportunity to expand liver health education, connections, and opportunities for Veterans and their providers.”

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Veterans can easily find a wealth of liver disease resources on GLI’s dedicated webpage, Liver Help for Veterans. For additional information regarding VHA health partnerships, visit VHA’s National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnership.

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