Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research
Veteran Engagement Core
Purpose: The CCDOR Veteran Engagement Core develops and leads Center activities, such as studios and panels, to gather Veteran input in CCDOR projects.
Services provided: The Veteran Engagement Core has conducted six Veteran Engagement Studios to date. It has also partnered with local investigators to weave comprehensive plans for stakeholder engagement into three grant proposals which were funded and two ongoing studies. In addition, Dr. Erin Krebs’s PCORI-funded study (VOICE) has a 10-member Veteran Engagement Panel. These Studio and Advisory Panel models of Veteran engagement have established a strong platform for CCDOR’s Veteran engagement activities over the next five years.
Expertise: Chaired by Laura Meis, the CCDOR Veteran Engagement Core includes three additional investigators—Wei (Denise) Duan-Porter, Steve Fu (CCDOR Director), and Erin Krebs—and four staff, one of whom is a Veteran. Together, the Core has developed expertise in community engagement and Community Based Participatory Research. After a one year pilot period, this Core adapted a novel, best-practices approach to patient engagement referred to as Veteran Engagement Studios (Joosten et al., 2015). This model tailors community-expert groups to the project of interest, and is especially suited to facilitate deep and meaningful input.
Incorporating the Veteran Perspective to Improve Research
Agnes Jensen, a veteran with the US Navy, shares how the PCORI-funded project she is involved with is incorporating veterans as patient advisors in the research process to enhance research and clinical practice at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Value of the Veteran Population in Research
As a veteran herself, Agnes Jensen encourages researchers to engage the veteran population in their research efforts because they are service-driven, collaborative, and eager to give back.