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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding its focus on partnerships to create a more integrated network of services that can support Veterans' needs throughout their life. Please visit for more information on how organizations can partner with the Veterans Health Administration.

The Office of Rural Health focuses on collaborations with federal, state, and local entities that increase rural Veterans' access to care,and support their health and well-being. ORH partnerships work to optimize the use of available and emerging technologies, leverage available resources, establish new access points to care, and employ strategies to increase health care options for all rural Veterans. ORH works with partners in areas such as:

  • Mental health
  • Transportation
  • Provider shortages
  • Social determinants of health (i.e., housing, education, employment)

If you have ideas about potential project partnerships that help reduce barriers to care for Veterans and expand access to care and services, email ORH or call 202-632-8615.

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How We Partner

ORH is continuously looking for collaborations that help achieve its mission at all levels - from the White House to VA to state offices down to individual communities. Whenever possible, ORH shares its expertise with organizations through workgroup participations, presentations, subject matter expertise, policy development, strategic planning, and Memorandums of Understanding. Some of our external partners include:

  • Housing Assistance Council
  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs
  • National Indian Health Board
  • National Rural Health Association
  • Rural Broadband Association Advisory Committee
  • Transportation Research Board
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Indian Health Service, and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • White House Council on Women and Girls Veterans Working Group
  • White House Rural Council