Secretary's Center for Strategic Partnerships (SCSP)
The Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships (SCSP) collaborates with industry and non-profit organizations to build programs together that further the VA Secretary’s highest priority initiatives to significantly improve Veterans’ lives. Since 2018, SCSP has built an active public/private sector partnership community to bring the best of the private sector innovations into the VA. Recent partner commitments have created increased healthcare access and improved the quality of services, extended broadband internet access to rural and low-income Veterans, delivered expansive telehealth services, driven best-in-class precision oncology care and secured commitments to strengthen employee mental wellbeing in an effort to reduce Veteran and civilian deaths by suicide.
SCSP is a non-contracting office with delegated authority from the Secretary to solicit and receive gifts. While some commitments involve in-kind resources, others are provided free of charge directly to Veterans. The Center is currently stewarding programs valued at more than $200M.
SCSP’s active strategic partners include Amazon, Apple, the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, Federal Express, Google, IBM, Intel, LinkedIn, McKinsey, Nike, Philips, The Prostate Cancer Foundation, PsychArmor, PsychHub, Sanford Health, T-Mobile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Verizon, and Walmart.
During the COVID-19 national pandemic, VA pivoted from an exclusive focus on philanthropy to using SCSP’s robust private sector network to address VA’s highest priority needs, including securing millions of scarce, mission critical personal protective equipment (PPE). This collaboration ensured the continued safe delivery of high-quality care for Veterans and protected VA’s frontline healthcare professionals.
Collaborating with the VA provides a unique opportunity to serve our Nation’s Veterans. The VA specializes in identifying and developing synergies between the needs of VA and the expertise of prospective external partners, leading the process from conception through successful implementation.
These partnerships most frequently are structured in two ways: Expanding VA programs through a direct contribution of resources to the VA and implementing programs that serve Veterans directly. For example, the Prostate Cancer Foundation generously committed $50M to help VA deliver best in class prostate cancer care for Veterans, Sanford Health generously committed $50M to provide pharmocogenetic testing to help improve the lives of cancer survivors through precision medicine and IBM Watson donated 10,000 genomic studies. In serving Veterans directly, LinkedIn donates one year of LinkedIn Premium to every transitioning military service member, T-Mobile assigns a zero-data charge to Veterans using the VA telehealth app and Walmart is providing a private space in their stores for Veterans to access VA healthcare closer to home through VA telehealth.
Collaborations of this magnitude provide a distinct opportunity to truly make an impact on the lives of thousands of Veterans, with external organizations working alongside the VA to serve those who have served, together.
The Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships advises the Secretary and other senior leadership on matters related to external partnerships with touchpoints across the VA and oversees effective execution of those programs. VA collaborates regularly with VA program offices to understand critical services and resources currently provided to Veterans, and to explore and identify valuable opportunities to improve services with the help of external resources. Leadership within the office participates in critical discussions with key decisionmakers in business, government, philanthropic, nonprofit and other stakeholder organizations. VA conceptualizes, develops, leads, negotiates and executes high impact, high value partnerships to further the VA’s key priorities.
VA encourages valuable feedback from stakeholders on key Veteran issues and welcomes the opportunity to learn from their expertise.