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CHERP sustains a primary research focus on improving the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable Veteran populations, while we grow and integrate our secondary research focus on clinical therapeutics (i.e., medications, devices, and procedures), and support additional health services research (HSR) that addresses VA and HSR&D priorities. Our vision is that all Veterans receive accessible, equitable, high-quality, high-value health care and that the Veterans Health Administration (VA) is a national model for health care delivery reflective of these qualities. Our mission is to advance the quality and equity of health and health care for Veterans through HSR, research training and mentoring, service, partnerships, and stakeholder engagement.


CHERP Strategic Goals

Goal 1. Advance understanding of the determinants of the quality and equity of health and health care and design, test, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve health and health care for vulnerable populations (primary focus).

Goal 2. Improve the health and health care of Veterans through HSR that investigates the usage patterns, efficacy, comparative effectiveness, safety, value, and equity of clinical therapeutics (secondary focus), and through other innovative HSR beyond our focus areas.

Goal 3. Increase partnerships, collaborations, and stakeholder engagement to maximize the relevance and impact of our research.

Goal 4. Enhance mentoring, training, and educational programs to increase VA capacity for HSR in high-priority areas, implementation science, and partnered research.

Goal 5. Provide service and leadership to key internal and external stakeholders.

Goal 6. Augment infrastructure to conduct high-impact HSR, support the translation of research into clinical practice and policy, and develop research methods and products of value to stakeholders.