Secretary's Center for Strategic Partnerships (SCSP)
The partnerships listed below are collaborative efforts that have direct involvement from SCSP; involve a substantial commitment of resources; impact a significant number of Veterans; and are formalized.
Sanford Health: To help VA physicians use precision medicine to better match medications to individual cancer survivors, Sanford made a $50 million commitment to the VA. This includes the donation of 250,000 pharmacogenetic tests and associated implementation expenses.
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Bristol Meyers Squibb (BMS) Foundation: Veteran tobacco use is higher than the general population in all age groups. To facilitate early detection, the BMS Foundation funded the build out of 10 lung cancer screening centers within VA Medical Centers as well as related clinical trial research measuring the impact of this program to save lives.
IBM Watson: To accelerate the availability of precision medicine within the VA, IBM Watson donated 10,000 genomics studies, providing a valuable tool to VA oncologists in delivering care.
Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF): Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Veterans. In 2016, PCF committed $50 million over 5 years to create VA centers of excellence that deliver innovative, best in class prostate cancer care to Veterans. More than half of the funds have already been used to stand up nine centers of excellence and fund the research of numerous VA physician scientists. The platform we created with PCF will be used to build centers of excellence for other cancers as well.
“Whether it’s transmitting electronic medical records, real-time medical imaging, videoconferencing with remote doctors, or enabling specialists to remotely monitor patients in rural hospitals and clinics, connectivity between patients and health care providers is essential to the one in five Americans who live in rural areas.” ~FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
Philips, American Legion, and VFW: Approximately one third of Veterans we serve live in rural areas. They often must drive great distances to receive their care at the VA. Philips will donate the equipment required to pilot 10 rural access points at VSO halls for Veterans to conduct telehealth sessions with their VA providers, with a commitment to expand to 100 total sites.
T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon: The three major US telecom providers are committed to working with the VA to help bridge the digital divide for Veterans. They are eliminating data usage charges for Veterans and caregivers while using the VA Video Connect application for their telehealth appointments.
Walmart: Like Philips, Walmart has made a commitment to bring healthcare closer to where rural Veterans live. While video telehealth can be used to provide more convenient care and facilitate access to specialists, many rural areas lack sufficient home broadband service. Walmart will donate a private space in five rural store locations for Veterans to use for telehealth sessions with their VA physicians, using Walmart’s broadband access.
VA-Walmart Announce Telehealth Collaboration – Learn more about our efforts to reach underserved Veterans
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Seventy percent of Veterans who die by suicide each year do not receive their care at the VA. To reach members of this community and to address the broader suicide crisis in America, the VA partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes Foundation to create a coalition committed to prioritizing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. More than three dozen leading companies who are significant employers of Veterans signed a pledge to strengthen employee wellness within their organizations. These companies, plus others who have since joined them, will develop a best-practices guide that can be used in organizations throughout the country to improve mental wellbeing and prevent suicide for all employees.
LinkedIn: To ease the transition from active duty to civilian employment, LinkedIn donates one year of LinkedIn Premium to every transitioning service member. In 2018, LinkedIn extended this benefit to 5,000 caregivers.
LinkedIn Partnership – Learn more about a 1-Year Premium Subscription
Feeding America: In collaboration with the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, VA has opened 17 food pantries at VA facilities across the country, with 6 more under development. By providing easy access to nutritious food options, the VA and Feeding America have served over 44,000 Veterans and their families with nearly 800,000 pounds of food.
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This does not constitute official endorsement or sponsorship by the Department of Veterans Affairs.