National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships
Veteran Community Partnerships
Veteran Community Partnerships (VCPs) are organized partnerships through which local VA facilities connect with state and local community services and agencies to:
- Develop and foster strong relationships
- Enhance and improve access to care, services and benefits
- Promote seamless transitions
- Educate community agencies and VA providers
- Support caregivers and families
- Measure results through shared reporting
To find a VCP in your area, view the VCP Roster.
VCP provides an innovative, flexible, relevant and useful approach to establish and nurture community partnerships that facilitate and improve access to care, benefits and services from VA and community partners for Veterans, families and their caregivers.
The Veteran Community Partnership initiative plans to expand to every VA medical center by September 2024. Guidance for VCP’s expansion and strategic plan is provided by subject matter experts from a dozen VHA National Centers and Offices along with ex-officio involvement from national non-VA organizations.
To learn more about VCP and training opportunities, please contact VCP's Leadership Team at VCP@va.gov.
VCP Reporting System
- The VCP Reporting System is a database that VCP Co-Chairs use to record their VCP activities and events throughout the fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).
- The information is compiled at the end of each fiscal year for the VCP Summary of Activities.
- The VCP Reporting System captures and displays quantitative and qualitative data, locally and nationally, that includes:
- Number of VA staff participating in a VCP
- Number and type of community organizations involved in VCPs
- Number of meetings held
- Number and type of events that occurred within VCP locations throughout the VA community
- Changes in practice
- And more
- VCP Co-Chairs can access the VCP Reporting System to enter their data or to view what is happening at other VCPs across the country and to produce Summary Reports.
VCP Resources and News
- The VCP Toolkit includes:
- Overview of VCPs
- 8 Steps to Form a VCP
- Tips for Building a Strong Foundation
- Potential VCP Activities and Projects
- 20 appendices
Marketing and Communication:
- VCP Brochure Template (customize for your VCP)
- VCP Roster
- VCP Fact Sheet
- Why VCP? (one-page handout suitable for distribution to community partners, strategic partners and others)
Also, see National News and VISN-Level News, below for ideas about how to market your VCP and communicate successes in your community.
Training and Education:
- VCP Overview PowerPoint
- VA Training for community partners, with 45-minute online modules on:
- PsychArmor Institute (free online courses to engage effectively with the military community)
- 15 Things Veterans Want You to Know – 15-minute version for community education and outreach and health care provider version (CE credits available) and Course Notes
Annual Review of VCP Activities
- VCP 2020 Summary of Activities (previous summaries available by request)
- Annual report highlights milestones for Veteran Community Partnerships initiative
- Veteran Community Partnership initiative plans to expand to every VA medical center by 2024
- Four Veteran Community Partnerships hold unique events for Veterans (VISNs 6, 9, 15)
- Caregiver turns to VCP for guidance on long-term care during the coronavirus pandemic (VISN 9)
- VCPs continue to meet the needs of Veterans with VA and community partner support
VISN-Level NewsVISN 4
- Wilmington Veteran Community Partnership does it all for local Veterans
- Pittsburgh Veteran supports fellow Veterans in palliative care, thanks to local Veteran Community Partnership
- National Cemetery Administration
- VA Veterans Benefits Administration
- Veteran Health Benefits Fact Sheets
- MyVA Communities
- National Center for Heatlhcare Advancement and Partnerships
- VA Caregiver Support
- VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement Voluntary Service (formerly Voluntary Services)
- VA Center for Women Veterans
- VA Geriatrics and Extended Care
- VA Homeless Veterans
- VA Mental Health
- VA National Center for PTSD
- VA Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- VA Returning Service Members
- VA Veteran Experience Office: Community Veteran Engagement Boards (CVEBs)
- VA Whole Health
- VHA Office of Rural Health
How can my VA Medical Center develop a VCP?
VCP trainings are available to assist VA facilities to develop a VCP within their communities. To learn more about VCP and training opportunities, please contact VCP's Leadership Team at VCP@va.gov.