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VA National Academic Affiliations Council (NAAC)

NAAC Council Photo 2019
Pictured: (back row, left to right) Ramona Joyce; James Hildreth, PhD, MD; RADM Michael Toedt, MD; John Prescott, MD; Capt Paul Jung, MD, MPH, FACP; John Duval, MBA, FACHE; David Keahey, PA-C, MSPH; Larissa Emory, PMP, CBP, MS; (front row, left to right) Wendell Jones, MD, MBA, FACP; Corshea Thomas, MeD, EdD; Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, FAAN; Karen Sanders, MD; Marjorie Bowman, MD, MPA; Eileen Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN; Jeannette South-Paul, MD; (not pictured) Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD, FAAPMR; Thomas Cavalieri, DO, FACOI, FACP, AGSF; Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH; Lucinda Maine, PhD, RPh; Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH; Leslie Wiggins, RN, MBA, FACHE


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.

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.
 

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Points of Contact:

Larissa Emory, PMP, CBP, MS
Designated Federal Officer (NAAC)
Management and Program Analyst
(915) 269-0465
larissa.emory@va.gov

Corshea Thomas, MEd, EdD
Alternate Designated Federal Officer (NAAC)
Program Analyst
(202) 382-9320
corshea.thomas2@va.gov