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Office of Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks

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Our Mission

Transforming health care for Veterans and the Nation through innovation, training, research, and partnerships.

Our Vision

Empowering Tomorrow’s Health Care Today.

Who We Are

The Office of Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks (DEAN) stands as a cornerstone within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), embodying dedication and forward-thinking to enhance Veteran healthcare services. Established to drive progress and innovation, DEAN unites the efforts of various specialized offices to create a synergistic impact on healthcare delivery, education, and research.


DEAN was established in response to evolving healthcare needs and governmental directives aimed at enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Federal Government's approach to Veteran care. We are built on a foundation of key legislation and policy, including Title 38 U.S.C. § 7302, the OMB Executive Order M-17-22, and the guiding principles of the VA MISSION Act of 2018, among others. These legal and policy frameworks shape our operational strategies and ensure our alignment with national goals for Veteran healthcare.

Our Strategic Pillars

Elevating Care - We are committed to advancing the quality and accessibility of healthcare for Veterans, integrating the latest medical advancements to ensure the highest standards of care.

Empowering Learning - At DEAN, we champion the continuous professional development of healthcare providers, offering cutting-edge training and education programs that equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to meet the complex needs of Veterans.

Enhancing Collaboration - Recognizing the strength in unity, we actively foster partnerships with academia, healthcare institutions, and research organizations, facilitating a collaborative approach to healthcare innovation and service delivery.

Our Impact

DEAN's initiatives significantly contribute to the transformation of Veteran healthcare services, making strides in medical research, healthcare education, and the integration of innovative healthcare solutions. Through our work, we strive not only to meet the current healthcare needs of Veterans but also to anticipate and prepare for future challenges.

Join Us

We invite you to learn more about our efforts and explore how you can be part of this transformative journey. Together, we can continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Veterans and their families.

For more information, partnerships, and support opportunities, please contact us.

At DEAN, we are more than just an organization; we are a movement towards a brighter, healthier future for Veterans and our nation. Explore our website to discover the projects we're working on, the impact we've made, and how you can get involved in empowering tomorrow's healthcare today.


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