VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Million Veteran Program now available online
VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) is helping improve health care by studying genetics, health records, and surveys to understand how genes affect the health of Veterans. The national program is entirely voluntary and has already begun to lead to better understanding of the role genes play in many common illnesses, especially those common among Veterans, such as PTSD.
Since 2011, over 775,000 Veterans have volunteered to participate in MVP. Recently, VA’s groundbreaking research program created an easier way for Veterans to join. With the launch of MVP Online, Veterans enrolled in VA health care are now able to join MVP and participate from their tablet or computer rather than having to do so in person and send surveys in the mail.
Through MVP Online Veterans can:
- Sign in using the same credentials used with other VA partners (such as My HealtheVet or eBenefits)
- Complete the consent process and allow access to health records
- Schedule an MVP visit to provide a blood sample
- Complete surveys about health and lifestyle
MVP Online also provides a valuable resource for Veterans and the public to learn more about MVP in general and the research that their contribution enables. On the site, Veterans can find links to significant research findings already being published and stay up to date as new projects and findings are announced.
By providing this more convenient option for Veterans interested in learning more about or in joining MVP, the program will be able to have an even more representative sample of the entire VA population to better improve health care for everyone. Already, MVP partners include Veterans from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. And MVP has the largest representation of minorities of any genomic cohort in the U.S.
Veterans interested in genetic research or precision medicine are encouraged to check out MVP Online by visiting www.mvp.va.gov. Those who prefer talking to someone or who are not already enrolled in VA care but are still interested in joining MVP may call the MVP Info Center toll-free at 866-441-6075.