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Associated Health Education Program

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VA is a leader in the training of clinical associated health professionals. Associated Health Education (AHE) includes all health professions with the exception of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing. Through affiliation agreements with more than 1,800 individual health professions schools and colleges, clinical placements and fellowships are provided to health professions trainees (HPT) in more than 40 professions. Approximately 123,000 HPTs rotate through VA annually.

VA's Office of Academic Affiliations supports the training of more than 7,700 mental health professionals annually, and approximately 70 percent of VA psychiatrists and psychologists report receiving some of their clinical training at a VA medical center (VAMC). Nationally, nearly one in five VA psychologists complete their doctoral internships in VA, and half of the profession’s accredited postdoctoral residencies are in VA.

To meet national mental health workforce needs, VA’s Mental Health Education Expansion (MHEE) Initiative added more than 770 funded training slots across ten professions since 2013. With an emphasis in interprofessional education and team‐based care, MHEE offer opportunities for health professions trainees to understand and appreciate their own profession, other professional perspectives, and how professions complement one another..

For additional information regarding without compensation or funded AHE trainee positions, please contact the education office at the VAMC where yo uare interested in training or reach out to the profession-specific clinical national program office.

Guidance on Appointment of Year Long Trainees: Eligibility for Federal Health and Life Insurance
Associated Health Education Success Stories

Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW – National Director of Social Work, VA Central Office
Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW – National Director of Social Work, VA Central Office
"When attending graduate school, I was encouraged to pursue a highly competitive Social Work internship at the VA... I was a young single mother at the time and would not have been able to pursue the placement without a paid internship… I realized my passion was to serve Veterans, their family members and Caregivers."

More Associated Health Education success stories can be found here.