VA has been recognized as a leader in improving the quality of health care by leveraging new technologies, research, and relationships with other health care organizations. Below are some of the campaigns and partnerships VA is currently involved in to improve quality, advance research, and provide better support and care for Veterans.
Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million hearts attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years. Launched by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in September 2011, it aims to help improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, more productive lives.
The Department of Veterans Affairs supports the Million Hearts® initiative and is currently one of the few federal government health care agencies to officially partner with the initiative. Million Hearts® seeks to achieve its goals of reducing the number of people who need treatment and improving the lives of those who do by empowering Americans to make healthy choices through the "ABCS":
• Aspirin for people at risk
• Blood pressure control
• Cholesterol management
• Smoking cessation
To learn more about how you can become one in a Million Hearts and see how your actions can make a positive difference, visit the Million Hearts® website.
Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign that provides personal testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. Many Veterans return not only with physical wounds but also mental health issues they may not recognize.
The Make the Connection campaign encourages Veterans and their families to "make the connection" with information and resources, with the strength and resilience of Veterans like themselves, with other people, and with available sources of support including mental health treatments.
The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a national campaign that uses research to help provide the best health care possible. The goal of MVP is to better understand how genes affect health and illness. Research findings based on MVP may lead to new ways of preventing and treating illnesses in Veterans.
Participation in MVP is entirely voluntary and will not in any way affect Veterans' access to health care or benefits. To learn more about MVP or to become a volunteer, visit the Million Veteran Program website or call 866-411-6075.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most prevalent mental health challenge faced by Veterans. VA encourages Veterans to seek effective PTSD treatment and to know they are not alone.
The AboutFace campaign features Veterans from all eras who have experienced PTSD and turned their lives around with treatment. Through personal videos, viewers will meet Veterans and hear how PTSD has affected them and their loved ones.
The caring professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Many of the responders are Veterans themselves and understand what Veterans and their families and friends have been through and the challenges Veterans of all ages and service eras face.
Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.1 million calls and made more than 37,000 lifesaving rescues. In 2009, the Veterans Crisis Line added an anonymous online chat service and has engaged in more than 160,000 chats. In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text-messaging service to provide another way for Veterans to connect with confidential, round-the-clock support, and since then has responded to more than 21,000 texts.