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VA National Academic Affiliations Council (NAAC)

NAAC Council Photo FY2017 
From left to right: Stephen K. Trynosky, JD; John Prescott; Richard W. Valachovic, DMD; Malcolm Cox, MD, Chair; Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO; Arthur Kellermann, MD Second row, from left to right: Candice Chen, MD; Karen Sanders, MD; Jeannette South-Paul, MD; Eileen Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN; Edgar Colon Negro, MD; Doreen Harper, PhD, RN
Not pictured: John Duval; Paul Cunningham, MD; Jacqueline Maffucci, PhD; Lucinda Maine, PhD, RN; Robert Jesse, MD, PhD; Michael F. Mayo-Smith, MD, MPH
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Representative Sanford Bishop, Jr. (2nd District, Georgia) addresses the NAAC Council, July 13, 2017, Capitol Hill. Representative Mark A. Takano (41st District, California) addresses the NAAC Council, July 13, 2017, Capitol Hill.

The Department of Veterans Affairs National Academic Affiliations Council (NAAC) will provide a forum for joint planning and coordination between VA and the nation's health professions schools and universities.

Dr. Malcolm Cox, former VHA Executive and current Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is the chair of the VA National Academic Affiliations Council. Establishing a permanent advisory committee, with a broad membership across the health professions, was one of more than 50 recommendations from the Secretary's Blue Ribbon Panel on VA-Medical School Affiliations.

The 14-member VA advisory committee will advise the Secretary and Under Secretary for Health on ways to further enhance what has become the largest public-private partnership in VA’s history and a cornerstone of American health professions education.

The Council's activities include:

  • Developing and recommending a statement of values and principles to guide VA's relationships with the academic community;
  • Developing and recommending strategies for effective communication about academic affiliations between VA and relevant stakeholder organizations;
  • Developing and recommending mechanisms to expand mutually advantageous affiliations between VA and academic community;
  • Developing and recommending guidelines for joint strategic, tactical and operational planning by VA and its academic affiliates in areas relevant to the partnership;
  • Identifying and recommending opportunities to better align the missions and operations of VA and its academic affiliates, including mechanisms to facilitate strategic alliances and/or joint ventures between VA and Academic Medical Centers;
  • Identifying and recommending educational initiatives and funding opportunities to promote clinical workforce diversity and access to care, especially in rural and other medically underserved communities;
  • Identifying and recommending educational initiatives and funding opportunities to enhance the recruitment and retention of VA clinicians, especially in rural and other medically underserved communities;
  • Identifying policy, regulatory, and administrative impediments to effective affiliations management;
  • Developing and recommending performance standards and measures for VA and its affiliates to optimize academic productivity and affiliation management; and
  • Recommending administrative and support services needed from VA and its affiliates to advance VA’s academic mission.

NAAC Links and Documents:

Points of Contact:

Stephen K. Trynosky, JD, MPH, MMAS
Designated Federal Officer (NAAC)
Staff Assistant
(202) 461-6723

Christy H. Clary, MSW
Designated Federal Officer (NAAC)
Project Manager
(804) 675-5000 ext. 7182