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National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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For Clinicians

NCP: Healthy Living Matters. Prevention Works.

This website provides healthcare resources for clinicians and others in healthcare.

On the site, you will find information for use in your practice and corresponding information for Veterans and the public. Links to other VA program offices and programs are also provided. Information specific to VHA is located on the NCP intranet website.

All Healthy Living Topics include patient handouts to download and useful websites. Many of the topics correlate with the National Health Observances. You can have the handouts available in waiting rooms, health fairs and other educational forums.

Healthy Living Messages and Patient Handouts
There are ten evidence-based Healthy Living Messages may be downloaded to share with patients. They contain information that is important for living a healthy life.
Clinician Fact Sheets
Shared Decision Making: SHARE Approach and Teach Back 
Public Health
This site includes information for Veterans and health care clinicians for Infection: Don't Pass it On (IDPIO) Campaign, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation.
Women Veterans Health Care
An office within the Office of Patient Care Services, this site contains information about the health care and other needs of eligible women veterans.
VA National Center for PTSD
Information for Veterans, their families and health care clinicians including fact sheets, videos, and more about trauma to help answer your questions about PTSD and related issues.  It also has the latest VA/DoD PTSD clinical practice guidelines.
Patient Engagement (PE) Toolkit
Working efficiently while completing tasks and promoting a high standard for quality work is important for both you and your patients. To assist in the promotion of a balanced workload, the Center for the Evaluation of Patient Aligned Care Teams (CEPACT) created the Patient Engagement (PE) Toolkit. The PE Toolkit can help you best use your time, providing best practices from others in the health care field, Veterans and advocates. Learn more about Patient Engagement or go directly to the PE Toolkit.

Federal Government Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Find links for clinical information, comparative effectiveness, news and events, research findings, publications, and more.
US Preventive Services Task Force
is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services.
The National Women's Health Information Center
The National Women's Health Information Center (OWH) is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  OWH works to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States through:  its innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.
Promoting Health for Adults | CDC
A vast variety of topics on healthy living and staying healthy.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025
The Dietary Guidelines are the cornerstone of Federal food and nutrition guidance and are designed to focus on health promotion and disease prevention. The information in the Dietary Guidelines is used to develop food, nutrition, and health policies and programs. It also serves as the basis for nutrition education materials designed for the public and for the nutrition education components of USDA and HHS food programs..
Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User's Guide
This manual was developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but applies to any situation when patients need good information to make sound choices.

Additional Content

2023 Highlights Cover

NCP Highlights Report

This annual publication summarizes the activities of the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

The 2023 NCP Highlights are now available.