The Training Division trains homeless program staff in practices that effectively address Veterans’ needs, including engagement and motivation, mental illness, substance use disorders, employment, and family and community integration.
The Research Division partners with Veterans and their families, community members and VA staff to develop and implement practices that effectively engage Veterans who have experienced homelessness and who have physical and mental health needs. The COE offers training opportunities and mentorship for junior investigators and trainees working in the areas of homelessness and behavioral health.
The COE post-doctoral fellow receives training in data collection, management, and analysis of VA and other datasets relevant to the COE’s mission. Mentorship is offered by an interdisciplinary team. The fellow also supports investigators in partnered research and quality improvement that aim to improve care for Veterans who have experienced homelessness. Fellows have the opportunity to apply for COE pilot funds to support their own projects in this area.
Veteran Engagement & Provider Advisory Group
The Veteran Engagement Group (VEG) and Provider Advisory Group (PAG) are comprised of Veterans in the community who have experienced homelessness and/or behavioral health problems, and providers who work with this population, respectively. The VEG and PAG partner with the training and research divisions to inform training and research activities.