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The VA allows eligible veterans to receive care from community providers when they face challenges accessing care at VA medical facilities. The VA is still responsible for ensuring that these community providers are qualified and competent.
The Department of Veterans Affairs partners with nongovernmental groups, like non-profits or universities, through formal agreements aimed at making veterans aware of available suicide prevention programs and mental health services.
VA provides care to about 9,000 veterans in 134 VA-operated nursing homes, called "community living centers." For oversight, VA conducts unannounced inspections and tracks quality measures (such as the percentage of residents with a fall) and nurse staffing levels.
People from various racial and ethnic groups may experience health disparities—preventable differences in health outcomes. Discrimination, economic instability, and lack of health care access are some of the factors that can contribute to these disparities.