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The VHA National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships (HAP)

The VHA Office of Community Engagement (OCE) and Center for Compassionate Care Innovation (CCI) are now: The VHA National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships (HAP)

OCE, VHA’s partnerships hub, and CCI, a program within OCE that explores emerging health care therapies for Veterans, have a new name: The VHA National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships (HAP). HAP has aligned under the VHA Office of Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks (DEAN) as part of VHA’s modernization efforts. DEAN ensures that Veterans have access to the most innovative health care solutions by promoting medical research initiatives, training health care professions, exploring innovation, and developing community partnerships.

This name change is more reflective of exactly what HAP does—fosters partnerships and emerging health innovations for Veterans—but the work and goals of the office are not changing. The mission of HAP will remain: to serve as a trusted resource and a catalyst for the growth of effective partnerships at the national, state, and community level and advance the health and well-being of Veterans through exploration of innovative, safe, and ethical emerging therapies. Everything HAP does, as always, is focused on benefiting Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors.

In the coming months, you will see updates to the website with the new HAP name and contact information. OCE’s former email address,, still routes to HAP staff members, and you can also reach HAP at its official new email address:

“The name change is taking place just as spring begins, and the HAP team recognizes this as a similar symbol of renewal and growth. We are thrilled to continue working under DEAN toward our mission to help Veterans,” said HAP Nurse Executive Dr. Tracy L. Weistreich. “We appreciate our employees, community partners, and all the people who support our mission to provide personalized, proactive, and Veteran-centric care.”

Posted March 29, 2021