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VA Healing Environments and Research: Connection, Reflection, Introspection, Trust and Acceptance

The Department of Veteran Affairs Healing Environment Design Guideline (VAHEDG) is an unprecedented document to guide design and construction of all VA Medical Centers, Outpatient Clinics and long-term living facilities was released in January 2018. The formatting and glossary encourages collaboration in the design of healing environments for: facility staff, architects, engineers, Veteran and medical providers including mental health experts. It addresses every space from inpatient, outpatient to common spaces that would allow a patient to de-stress for more efficient medical treatment. 
This webinar will provide an overview of this integrative platform for the healing of the mind, body and spirit of 9 million Veterans and their families. Twenty-three Veterans ranging from Private to One Star General, from the Vietnam War to Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have all made significant contributions to the VAHEDG. In addition, 19 Veterans deployed added significant life experiences of the after war and their perspectives of VA care and issues of integration into the civil society.
This webinar will also reinforce traditional post occupancy evaluations of newly completed facilities with scientific data collected using a mixed method approach of both qualitative interviews and quantitative tools including the NIH-HEALS.