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Provider Education and Training Resources

VA has a variety of resources available for community providers to equip you with the knowledge needed to successfully provide care to Veterans. This page contains the latest education and training resources offered for VA community providers.

MISSION Act Provider Training

VA MISSION Act, Section 131, requires community providers with opioid prescribing privileges to complete the Community Care Provider–Opioid Safety Initiative training course, and, if available, fill out a form attesting to completion of the course. In addition, all community providers are highly recommended to complete the MISSION Act Section 133 general overview course, Community Care Provider–A Perspective for Veteran Care.

Fact Sheet: MISSION Act Community Provider Training

Current required course:

Section 131: Opioid Safety Initiative
VHA TRAIN MA–Community Provider Registration

Fact Sheet: Opioid Safety Initiative

Highly recommended course:

Section 133: A Perspective for Veteran Care
VHA TRAIN MA–Community Provider Registration

VA uses the recently established VHA TRAIN MISSION Act (VHA TRAIN MA) curriculum training site to host provider trainings. Providers must create an account in VHA TRAIN MA and include their unique National Provider Identifier (NPI) in their VHA TRAIN MA profile before registering and completing this training. For other assistance or help with VHA TRAIN MA curriculum account creation, please contact the MA Help Desk.

VHA TRAIN MA websiteMA Help Desk

Continuing Medical Education Courses

Per MISSION Act, Section 123, VA offers an online, no-cost, continuing medical education curriculum for community providers through VHA TRAIN MA. Courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and continuing medical education (CME) credits may be earned for completing coursework. Providers must create an account in VHA TRAIN MA and include a National Provider Identification (NPI) number in their VHA TRAIN MA profile before registering and completing courses.

CME–Community Provider Registration

Provider Webinar Series

VA offers a monthly webinar series as part of VA’s effort to build stronger, more sustainable relationships with you, our community providers. The series includes a recurring webinar that provides an introduction and overview of community care, and accredited recurring monthly webinars on clinical topics. See the webinar schedule below.

VHA Office of Community Care Overview. This webinar provides an overview of community care networks and programs. It is facilitated by the OCC Provider Regional Experience Managers and focuses on topics relevant to VA community providers who deliver care to Veterans.

When: Third Thursday of each month, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST.
Access: Register for the webinar through VHA TRAIN. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up there.

Accredited Topics Series. This webinar series features webinars on health care-related topics. These in-depth trainings are facilitated by highly-regarded subject matter experts from throughout VA. Topics include: VA’s Suicide Prevention Strategy, understanding military culture, smoking cessation, VA’s Opioid Safety Initiative, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and military sexual trauma.

When: Fourth Thursday of each month, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST.
Access: Register for the webinar through VHA TRAIN. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up there.

VHA TRAIN websiteHow to Create an Account in VHA TRAINAccess the VHA TRAIN login page

Calendar of Provider Webinar Series
VHA Office of Community Care Provider Webinar Series
Date Topic/Links
Third Thursday
September 2019–September 2020
Office of Community Care Overview
Every Monday, 2 - 4 pm ET 
Every Tuesday, 1–3 p.m. ET
HealthShare Referral Manager Weekly Webinar Series
Full, in-depth training on HealthShare Referral Manager (HSRM) benefits and functionality. HSRM is VA's web-based system for referral and authorization management
Date Accredited Clinical Topics/Links
 28 January 2021 Agent Orange: What You Need to Know

 17 December 2020 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment, Naloxone, Overdose, and Suicide Prevention

19 November 2020 VHA's Rapid Conversion to Virtual Mental Health Care During COVID 19

24 October 2019 VHIE Community Partner Education
21 November 2019 Providing Health Care for Veterans
19 December 2019 Pain Management and Opioid Safety in VHA: Update and Outlook Toward 2020
23 January 2020 Veteran Suicide Prevention Resources for Providers
27 February 2020 Caring for our Veterans who Experience Military Sexual Trauma
26 March 2020 Traumatic Brain Injury
23 April 2020 Alcohol Screening, Brief Interventions/Care Management
28 May 2020 Caring for the Women Veteran
25 June 2020 LGBT and the Veteran
23 July 2020 Whole Health: Providing Health Care in VHA and in the Community
27 August 2020 Presriptions for Veterans/VA Formulary - moved to September

24 September 2020 Presriptions for Veterans/VA Formulary
22 October 2020 Preventing Suicide Trhough Lethal Means Safety and Safety Planning

Provider Webinar Series Archive


VHA Training Finder Real-Time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN) provides a wealth of training and education resources for community providers. These offerings are no-cost, Veteran-focused, and accredited for continuing medical education. The VHA TRAIN video describes the training course offerings and how to access them.

Visit the VHA TRAIN website to get started. More information about how to enroll, a list of available courses, and additional instructions for how to register can be found in the VHA TRAIN fact sheet.

VHA TRAIN delivers free, VA-approved training on Veteran-specific health topics. Published on Nov 22, 2017.

VHA TRAIN websiteVHA TRAIN Fact SheetAccess the VHA TRAIN login page

Below are links to specific courses in VHA TRAIN that might be of interest to community providers treating Veterans:

Description of VHA TRAIN Courses
VHA TRAIN Course Offerings
Training Course Description
Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals These training courses provide community providers with information about treating the unique Veteran patient population.
Community Care Provider Opioid Safety Initiative This training course promotes evidence-based management of Veterans with chronic pain. A collaborative effort between VA and community providers, the goal is to improve patient outcomes and decrease the incidence of complications from opioid prescribing.

Additional Educational Resources

Additional Educational Resources
Additional Educational Resources
Resource Description
VHA Pain Management Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) This webpage serves to educate and ensure a greater awareness of the first evidence-based guideline to be shared with our community partners – the VHA Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI). The initiative is focused on building a collaborative relationship between VHA and its community partners to improve patient outcomes, ensure patient safety, and increase efficiency of our community-based services.
VA Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) and Centers of Excellence (CoEs) Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program MIRECC/CoEs Suicide Risk Management program offers free consultation for any provider who works with Veterans at-risk for suicide. Other resources available from MIRECC include:

Make the Connection Make the Connection is a tool used by providers to engage with Veterans or their family members who may be reluctant to seek mental health treatment or support.
Community Provider Toolkit A useful toolkit for community providers who take care of Veterans.
PTSD Consultation Program This course provides training and consultation on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for health care professionals who treat Veterans.
Pregnancy Management: Clinical Practice Guidelines This detailed VA/DoD reference guide provides industry best practices for symptoms and diagnoses related to pregnancy management.
Fraud, Waste and Abuse Prevention This course provides community providers with resources on ways to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse when partnering with VA to provide care to Veterans.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Chronic pain is common, multidimensional, and individualized, and treatment can be challenging for healthcare providers as well as patients. In response to the critical need for consistent and current opioid prescribing guidelines, the CDC released the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Education and Outreach Get training, earn credit, attend events, and find resources.
American Medical Association (AMA) Continuing Education Sharpen your knowledge and build essential skills to succeed in your medical practice.
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Learning Opportunities AHIMA offers learning opportunities on many topics.


For questions about community provider education and training resources, please contact Community Provider Communications.