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National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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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.

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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 public health campaign
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