Director: Eugene Oddone, M.D.
About the CREATE
Heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, and stroke are the leading causes of death in the United States and are highly prevalent among Veterans. More than half of all deaths, and much of the chronic illness found in Veterans can be attributed to four modifiable risk factors: tobacco use, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, and alcohol use. VA has made significant improvements in controlling the conditions that lead to heart disease, cancer, and stroke (e.g., hypertension and hyperlipidemia), and a priority initiative focused on preventive measures that addresses underlying factors (e.g., obesity, tobacco use, and physical inactivity) is underway. The cornerstone of that prevention initiative is based on reorganizing primary care through the patient-aligned care team, or PACT model. This CREATE will support that approach by using rigorous health services research methods to evaluate novel prevention strategies.
Each CREATE works closely with operational partners throughout the VA System. The partner(s) associated with this CREATE include:
- Linda Kinsinger, M.D, M.P.H., Director of the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention