Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Million Veteran Program
The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC is one of 50 VAMCs selected across the nation to serve as an enrollment site for the Million Veteran Program (MVP), a research program that will help us better understand how genes affect Veterans’ health and illness. The ultimate goal of the program is to transform health care.
The Million Veteran Program (MVP): A Partnership with Veterans is a national, voluntary research program conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research & Development. MVP aims to enroll as many as one million Veterans over the next five to seven years. Participants will be asked to complete a one-time study visit (approx. 20 minutes in length) to provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. Participation also includes filling out health surveys, allowing ongoing access to medical records and agreeing to future contact. This research program will establish one of the largest databases of genes and health history. The results of MVP may lead to new ways of preventing and treating common illness.
Mark Hamner, MD is coordinating the local effort along with Bridgette Heyward, Research Coordinator and Karen Wilder-Smalls, Research Assistant. The goal for the Charleston VA Medical Center is to enrolled 20,000 veterans with a current enrollment of 3,136! Nationally there are over 178,000 veterans enrolled in the program.
By participating in MVP, Veterans will help contribute to the knowl¬edge base that may result in developing personalized treatments for military-related illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as more common illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease. Results from MVP will help improve health care for Veterans and all Americans. MVP has extensive safeguards in place to keep Veterans personal information secure and confidential. Participation will not affect access to health care or benefits. Visit the website of the Million Veteran Program at www.research.va.gov/mvp to learn more. For more information or to participate, call toll-free 866-441-6075.