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How DEAN Helps Veterans: Our Annual Report

Year in Review Report

Click Here to learn how DEAN moved health care forward for Veterans and the Nation in 2023.

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VA-Academic Research Collaboration Brochure

Research Collaboration

VA-Academic Research Brochure - Read how VA’s 75-year partnership with academic affiliates continues to improve the Nation’s healthcare.

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Celebrating 75 years

Celebrating 75 years

In 2021, VA celebrated 75 Years of partnering with medical schools to meet the needs of Veterans and the Nation.

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The Office of Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks (DEAN) actively enhances Veterans' health care within the Veterans Health Administration. Our focus centers on three main areas:

1. Elevating Care: We actively seek new methods to deliver superior health care to Veterans, incorporating the latest treatments and ensuring accessible care.
2. Empowering Learning: We ensure that Veterans' health care providers receive the most current education in medicine and health care, leading to high-quality care from well-informed professionals.
3. Enhancing Collaboration: We collaborate with various groups and experts, sharing ideas and resources to discover innovative and improved ways of serving Veterans.

DEAN commits to providing Veterans with the highest quality health care possible through these efforts.


VHA is committed to pursuing public-private partnerships and exploring new and innovative ways to support VA’s mission. To meet large scale and complex challenges requiring cross-sector solutions and collaboration, VHA engages public-private partnerships that leverage the full range of our Nation’s talent, ingenuity, and commitment to action. These partnerships build capacity and create platforms for sharing resources to better serve Veterans, their families, caregivers, survivors, and other beneficiaries.