VA/DoD Coordination Office
- Health Executive Committee (HEC) coordination
- The Staff
The VA/DoD Coordination Office has two primary areas of focus: VA/DoD Health Executive Committee (HEC) coordination and to serve as VHA’s military liaison.
The VA/DoD Coordination Office, in collaboration with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) DoD/VA Program Coordination Office (DVPCO), coordinate HEC activities and support the flow of information to the VA/DoD Joint Executive Committee (JEC). Staff coordinates HEC efforts with the Business Lines (BLs), Work Groups (WGs), Centers of Excellence (CoEs), and the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (JALFHCC) Advisory Board. The HEC is organized into six BLs and the JALFHCC Advisory Board. In coordination with 25 subordinate WGs and CoEs, the BLs strives to improve mutual processes, eliminate redundancies, and streamline joint efforts between the Military Healthcare System (MHS) and VHA.
The military liaison staff serves to facilitate, support, and enhance effective collaboration on matters related to military health care initiatives and activities. The liaisons collaborate, share current VHA information, and problem solve as needed with DoD medical leadership to educate them on VA programs, build and maintain professional relationships, and serve as a problem solving resource when issues arrive.
Functions and Activities
Provide the HEC input to the VA/DoD Joint Strategic Plan (JSP), which establishes JEC priorities, objectives, and milestone. Monitor JEC priorities and submit completed tracking sheets to the JEC staff prior to quarterly meeting.
Work closely with the JEC to ensure VA/DoD strategic plans and actions are accomplished in a collaborative effort.
Coordinate all HEC related matters, to include all HEC meeting functions.
Develop the HEC agenda based on JEC deliverables, Co-Chair interests, emerging issues, and BL or WG requests; and coordinate any HEC agenda presentations or information papers listed on the agenda.
Review and analyze all HEC presentations and information papers to assure VHA and Department concerns are addressed, conflicts are resolved, and documents are ready for presentation to leadership.
Prepare OHA leadership and VHA senior leadership for meetings by providing comprehensive, point-focused pre-briefs.
Track assignments from HEC Co-Chairs, as well as ongoing issues.
Review and update the HEC BL and WG charters as required. Attend BL and WG meetings for awareness. Problem-solve and resolve issues, as needed.
Communicate, coordinate, and facilitate the work of HEC BLs and WGs including HEC presentations, identification of annual priorities, JSP objectives, and submissions for the JEC Annual Report to Congress.
Serve as VHA’s primary liaison for the Annual AMSUS - the Society of Federal Health Professionals (formerly the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States) meeting and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Symposium.
Liaison with DoD’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) Office by providing monthly calendars of YRRP events to the VHA Transition and Care Management Teams at VAMCs and VISNs so they can plan attendance and enroll SMs in VA care.
The YRRP is a DoD-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families, and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle, to include pre- and post-deployment.
Collaborate with DoD medical leadership to educate them on VHA programs, build and maintain professional relationships, and serve as a problem solving resource when issues arise.
Partners with and provides VBA and VHA education to the National Guard Transition Assistance Advisors (TAAs). The TAA’s are contracted through the National Guard but assist all Reserve Service members, Retirees, and their families in resolving issues, providing assistance, and educating on local and federal resources.
Who Can I Contact For More Information?
Contact the OHA Action Group at: VHA10P5Action@va.gov