Description: When operationalized at the Center-level, Veteran-engaged research helps to ensure that individual research projects and research center priorities are focused on the unique needs of local Veterans and their communities. In this presentation, Ms. Wendleton, a member of the Strengthening Excellence in Research through Veteran Engagement (SERVE) team, and liaison to one of the first center-level Veteran Engagement Groups (VEG), will moderate a panel discussion between Drs. Martin, Stewart and Ms. LaChappelle describing their individual experiences developing VEGs at their research centers located in three geographically diverse areas of the country. Panelists will collectively discuss: (1) tips and strategies for adapting a VEG to meet the unique needs of VA research centers; (2) approaching role differences between Veteran stakeholders and Center investigators to foster the development of bi-directional research partnerships; and (3) efforts to measure and evaluate the potential value and benefits of engaged research for both Veterans and research centers.
Intended audience: Researchers and their teams, Veterans and stakeholders interested in Veteran Engagement in research.