VA recently has joined forces with the Department of Defense and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to advance and promote the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative, a collaboration of organizations, people and communities working in concert to address not only health, but also all of the social determinants of health, by building bridges and social support systems between organizations and communities.
“We are proud to be a part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives effort,” said VA Secretary Bob McDonald. “Veterans benefit when they have government working collaboratively with their state and local governments along with community and non-profit organizations. We are happy to do everything that we can to help reach the goal of a healthy lifestyle for our Veterans by 2020, if not before.”
VA’s participation in 100 Million Healthier Lives is being accomplished through the “Veterans Hub,” a combined effort of VA, Community Solutions, the Samueli Institute, DOD and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.
The Veterans Hub partners with federal, state and nongovernmental organizations dedicated to improving Veterans’ health and well-being. Hub partners use the 100 Million Healthier Lives platform to leverage partnerships in such key areas as housing, employment, education and health, among others. The goal of the Hub is to encourage a healthier lifestyle for Veterans by the year 2020.
The 100 Million Healthier Lives Veterans Hub is part of VA’s MyVA initiative, the largest transformation in VA’s history, which focuses squarely on the needs of Veterans through customer service and strong community partnerships.