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VHA Prevention Policies and Guidelines

For more information on these and other VHA publications, visit the VHA Forms, Publications & Records Management website.

  • Directives establish mandatory VHA policies.
  • Handbooks prescribe mandatory VHA procedures and/or operational requirements.
  • Information Letters release nondirective information of one-time interest or short duration.

Responsibilities of the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) Directive
The VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), a section of the Office of Patient Care Services (OPCS), was established in 1995. The purpose of NCP is to provide a central office for monitoring and encouraging VHA activities with respect to the provision, evaluation, and improvement  of preventive health services and to promote the expansion and improvement of clinical, research, and education activities related to VHA preventive health service. This Directive provides information on the responsibilities of the NCP.

Coordination and Development of Clinical Preventive Services Handbook
NCP is designated as the VHA office responsible for coordination of guidance on clinical preventive services provided to Veteran patients. This Handbook defines procedures for establishing new and revising existing guidance.

Prevention Handbook
The VHA National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program addresses the provision, evaluation and improvement of preventive health services.  Health promotion and disease prevention core program requirements are described in this document.

MOVE! Handbook
MOVE! is a national weight management program designed by the VHA National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), a part of the Office of Patient Care Services, to help veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.

VHEI Handbook
The VHA handbook describes core program requirements for VHA Veterans Health Education and Information Programs.

The Joint Commission:  Patient Health Education Procedures for Accreditation
This VHA handbook provides procedures for facilities to meet the patient education requirements for accreditation by The Joint Commission (TJC).

VA Publications
This web site contains information regarding VHA-wide policies, procedures, requirements and other information of general applicability.  Publications specific to health promotion and disease prevention are highlighted below.

Clinical Practice Guidelines
The Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense guidelines.