Patient Care Services
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP)
The VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) is a field-based national program office of the Office of Patient Care Services. NCP advocates for health promotion, disease prevention, and patient health education and advises VHA leadership on evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention policy. NCP provides programs, education, resources, coordination, guidance, and oversight for the field to enhance health, well-being, and quality of life for Veterans. To accomplish this mission, NCP partners with colleagues within and outside VHA. Current programs include MOVE!®, an evidence-based weight management program for Veterans; Veterans Health Education and Information, providing leadership in patient health education in VHA; Clinical Preventive Services guidance development and coordination; and the Preventive Care Program, one of the Secretary’s Transformational Initiatives, designed to promote healthy living among Veterans, provide facility support for preventive care, train clinical staff in patient-centered communication, and develop a number of resources for Veterans to receive health promotion and disease prevention services.