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Office of Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks

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How DEAN Helps Veterans: Our Annual Report

Year in Review Report

Read about DEAN's efforts to meet Veterans where they are in 2022 through its people, offices, and initiatives.

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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 ensures that Veterans have access to the most innovative health care solutions by promoting medical research initiatives, training health care professions, and developing community partnerships.


  • Educating current and future Health Care Professionals for VA and the Nation;
  • Improving Veterans’ lives with investigative medical research and evidence-based discovery;
  • Partnering with a community of industry experts that provide innovative solutions to systematic issues related to Veterans healthcare services.

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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.

Partnership Icon A few of the DEAN partnerships are listed below:
Academic Affiliations with educational institutions, Health Profession Organizations, Accrediting bodies, Veterans Service Organizations, Congress, Veterans and their families, Advocacy Groups, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Media, National Research Advisory Council, Medical and Scientific Communities, Commercial partners in the pharmaceutical industry, and many more.