Secretary's Center for Strategic Partnerships (SCSP)
The Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships (SCSP) collaborates with industry and non-profit organizations to cultivate and steward significant external resources and expertise to further the VA Secretary’s highest priority initiatives for Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers. With delegated authority from the Secretary, our mission is to seek out big, bold and impactful collaborations that significantly improve Veterans lives. Recent partnerships commitments will increase access to and improve the quality of healthcare, extend broadband internet access to rural and low-income Veterans, deliver expansive telehealth services, drive best-in-class oncology care and provide desirable employment opportunities. SCSP is grateful to the community of supporters who help enhance the VA’s services to Veterans.
Collaborating with the VA provides a unique opportunity to serve our Nation’s Veterans. The SCSP 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. SCSP 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. SCSP conceptualizes, develops, leads, negotiates and executes high impact, high value partnerships to further the VA’s key priorities.
SCSP encourages valuable feedback from stakeholders on key Veteran issues and welcomes the opportunity to learn from their expertise.