What is NAVAPD?
NAVAPD, the National Association of VA Physicians and Dentists, is the official national organization of VA physicians and dentists.
Is NAVAPD a union?
No, NAVAPD is not a union and has no bargaining power. It is a professional organization, similar to other physicians’ and dentists’ professional organizations to which many VA clinicians belong.
What is the mission of NAVAPD?
NAVAPD’s mission is to improve the quality of healthcare provided by the Veterans Healthcare Administration by ensuring the doctor-patient relationship is maintained and strengthened.
How does NAVAPD accomplish its mission?
NAVAPD’s activities include organizing scientific meetings, educating Members of Congress so they can best exercise their oversight and budgeting responsibilities, growing working relationships with veterans’ service organizations, maintaining an active dialogue with official representatives of VA medical programs, and presenting and/or publishing position statements on critical issues.
Why does NAVAPD develop liaisons with Members of Congress?
Congress cannot discharge its responsibilities to the Nation’s veterans and to the VA Health Care Delivery System unless it has accurate, timely, and unbiased information about the inner workings of the VA and the clinical accomplishments of VA healthcare professionals. NAVAPD brings its members into direct contact with Members of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs, thereby providing a valuable service to veterans, House and Senate Members, and members of NAVAPD.
Why does NAVAPD develop liaisons with veterans’ service organizations?
Veterans’ service organizations (VSOs) are a powerful force of advocacy in the halls of Congress. If VSOs understand VA physicians’ and dentists’ needs in order to deliver the best possible healthcare to veterans, then VSOs will advocate for congressional support in a much more informed and helpful way.
What is NAVAPD’s role and relationship with VA Central Office?
NAVAPD works closely with official representatives of VA medical programs to ensure that the best possible health care will be provided to veterans. NAVAPD works with official representatives of the VA medical program to support:
- paying competitive salaries, thereby ensuring that qualified physicians and dentists are recruited and retained in the VA;
- the ability of healthcare professionals to participate in activities of professional organizations and continuing medical education;
- professional growth of physicians and dentists through funding of educational activities; and
- a workforce size that is adequate to treat growing numbers of OEF/OIF/OND veterans.
How long has NAVAPD been in existence?
NAVAPD was formed by a small group of physicians in 1975 at the Washington, DC VA Hospital as an informal organization with no bylaws or official structure. Early meetings with congressional leaders and VSOs indicated the need for a formal structure, which was established. In 1989, dentists were welcomed into the organization, and NAVAPD became the official name.
Who are NAVAPD’s leaders?
Samuel Spagnolo, MD, is one of the founders of NAVAPD and its President. Eight MDs, one DO, and one DMD comprise the Executive Board. Eight members are at VA hospitals in the Eastern U.S., and two are in Southern California.
Why should I belong to NAVAPD?
For at least two reasons: 1) To have a direct voice in your future at the VA with VA Central Office and Congress through active participation in NAVAPD meetings and events. 2) To belong to a much larger group of VA professionals and learn that many issues which one believes to be unique to his or her service or facility in fact are manifest in many areas of the Veterans Health Administration.
How do I join NAVAPD?
Join online. Full-time, part-time, and fee-basis physicians and dentists, retirees, and residents and fellows are all eligible. Dues are $160 per year for full-time and fee-basis, and less for retirees, part-time, and members-in-training.
Where do I learn more about NAVAPD?
Right here! NAVAPD's website has detailed information on the organization's mission, leadership, events, membership, resources, and how to get involved, including the NAVAPD newsletter and patient-care surveys of its members done in 2008 and 2011. NAVAPD also posts news updates, media articles, and information about the VA and other expert viewpoints on VA reform.