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History of the VHA NCP

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“Keeping Veterans Well and Well-informed”

In 1983, a public law authorized VA to provide preventive health services to VeteransIn response, VHA organized a field advisory group, task force, and policy council to oversee and monitor the delivery of preventive services.  Facilities were required to appoint prevention coordinators.

NCP Leadership 

Robert Sullivan, MD   1995-2001
Steven J. Yevich, MD, MPH  2001-2005
Linda S. Kinsinger, MD, MPH   2005-2015
Jane Kim, MD, MPH 2015-present

In 1992, Congress established a National Center for Preventive Health (Public Law 102-585, subchapter II, section 7318) and specified that it would be a field-based program office of the VA Central Office. The Durham (NC) VA Medical Center was selected, and the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) opened there in 1995.

Since its inception, NCP has been the VHA’s cornerstone for providing evidence-based health promotion and preventive services guidance and programs for Veterans.


NCP Program Highlights

1995 National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program office opens in Durham, NC
1997  Annual Veterans Health Survey debuts, with results guiding future Veteran-centered efforts
2001  MOVE!® Weight Management Program for Veterans developed, which launched nationally in 2006
2006  NCP spearheads HealthierUS Veterans initiative, promoting healthy eating and physical activity
2007  NCP’s Veterans Health Education and Information section created
2009  VHA establishes NCP as hub for its clinical preventive services guidance
2010  NCP leads Secretary’s Transformational Initiatives for the 21st Century, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention
2011  Telephone Lifestyle Coaching pilot program is introduced in 24 VHA facilities nationwide
2011  The Healthy Living Messages campaign launches, with its nine evidence-based messages as the foundation of NCP’s health promotion program
2013  Veterans Health Library launches, providing 24/7 online health information to Veterans
2014  Online tool HealtheLiving Assessment, creating personalized health reports for Veterans, debuts
2015  MOVE! Coach, the MOVE! Weight Management Program’s mobile app for iOS, comes online
2015  NCP brings aboard the Infection: Don’t Pass It On (IDPIO) public health campaign
2017  NCP partners with the Office of Rural Health to develop further Telephone Lifestyle Coaching services based on its successful pilot implementation
2018  The VHL launches a new shared decision-making tool called “Making a Decision: Should I Start Insulin?”
2019  MOVE!® publishes a new MOVE!® Veteran Workbook to better empower Veterans to take charge of their health and well-being
2019 NCP partners with VHA’s SimLEARN program to develop and launch the Virtual Interview Skills Training System (VISTS) to further educate clinicians about communication skills
2020  NCP leadership and staff works with other program offices throughout VA to lead and collaborate in response to wide-ranging challenges presented by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic
2020 IDPIO develops guidance and best practices for planning and implementing COVID-19 immunization clinics 
2021  NCP formally launches virtual interactive versions of TEACH and Motivational Interviewing (MI) trainings
2021  NCP, DEAN, and OHT partner to initiate the development of a National Veteran Patient Education Program to encompass both health education content and information related to VA care and services
2022  IDPIO initiates its Mentorship Program to help connect and educate Flu Coordinators throughout VHA 
2022  NCP Clinical Preventive Statements (CPS) works to ensure evidence-based updates to its Recommendations for Men and Women
2022  VHA announces that NCP will be the official owner of the Patient Centered Learning (PCL) Program


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