Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP)

Healthy Living. Prevention Matters

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Strives to Assist Veterans in Every Part of their Health Care. Many Veterans live with a chronic disease. A significant proprtion of these chronic diseases result from unhealthy lifestyles or inadequate preventive care.The mission of Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is to ensure the integration of these services into clinical care delivery within the medical center and affliated community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs).

We want to help you improve your health for life. Ask your health care team what you can do today!

Programs to Help You Get Healthy

Move! | MyHealtheVET | Women’s Health Program | Smoking/Tobacco Cessation | Social Work Services | Primary Care PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) | Mental Health Services

We want to help our veterans live longer, and healthier lives. 

There are nine evidence-based Healthy Living Messages that can help you and your family live a healthy life.

  1. Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations:

    Recommendations for preventive services depend on your age, sex, health status, and family history. Find out which screening tests and immunizations are recommended for you. 
  2. Be Involved in Your Health Care:

    There are many ways to take an active role. Work with your health care team to improve your health. 
  3. Manage Stress:

    Pay attention to stress. Tools are available to help you manage and reduce your stress.
  4. Be Tobacco Free:

    Don't use tobacco in any form. If you are using tobacco, the VA can help you quit. Avoid secondhand smoke. If you are pregnant, both you and your baby will benefit when you quit using tobacco.
  5. Limit Alcohol:

    If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Avoid "binge drinking." If you are concerned about your drinking, talk to your VA health care team about getting help.
  6. Be Safe:

    These are actions you can take to protect yourself and those you love from harm and injury. Common safety issues are sexually transmitted infections, falls, motor vehicle crashes, violence and self-harm.
  7. Strive for a Healthy Weight:

    If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help. If you are of normal weight, maintain it. Staying in control of your weight helps you be healthy now and in the future.
  8. Be Physically Active:

    All adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.
  9. Eat Wisely:

    Eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits and whole grains. It is important to include fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products in your diet, and limit total salt, fat, sugar, and alcohol.

The HPDP Team

Shane Hallowell, BSN, ADN, RN, Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP) Program Manager and Veterans Health Education Coordinator (VHEC) (Extension 5114; email He is responsible for program development and implementation, and supports the delivery and evaluation of clinical preventive services. With the Health Behavior Coordinator, Hallowell co-chairs the HPDP Committee and facilitates "TEACH for Success" training and Motivational Interviewing for staff.

Cheryl Huff, MEd, PsyD, Health Behavior Coordinator (HBC) and Tobacco Cessation Lead Clinician (Extension 5601; email As the Health Behavior expert, she provides training in Motivational Interviewing, TEACH for Success, and health behavior coaching skills to clinical staff. She also provides direct clinical care through MOVE!, Diabetes Education, Tobacco Cessation, Shared Medical Appointments, and consultations. In cooperation with the HPDP, she co-chairs the HPDP/VEC Committee.

Heather Friesen, My HealtheVet Coordinator,extension 6880; email She coordinates the rollout and training for use of MyHealtheVet by Veterans and staff.

The HPDP Committee ensures the integration of health promotion and disease prevention services into clinical care delivery within the medical center and affliated VA community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). Committee memebers are appointed by the Medical Center Director and consist of a diverse group of employees involved and interested in the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention services and programs.

Links to More Information

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If you have questions or interest in making a healthy living change, please see your primary care team at the VA facility in which you receive care.



Contact Info


  • Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 843-577-5011 Ext. 6914

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm