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Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC)


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Mission, Goals, History

The Seattle ERIC mission is to improve the health and health care of Veterans by promoting the principles and practice of state-of-the-art epidemiologic research within the VA. 

To achieve this mission, we conduct research about the frequency and causes of health conditions and their outcomes in Veterans, disseminate information about the health of Veterans, and coordinate activities with other VA Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Centers (CSPECs)


The Seattle ERIC conducts state-of-the-art epidemiologic research on disease and injuries affecting US Veterans. The overall aim is to promote epidemiologic research on the Veteran population and on diseases, injuries, or health behaviors pertinent to Veterans. Our goals are: 

  1. To contribute to knowledge about the frequency and causes of health conditions and their outcomes in Veterans, and of the impact of medical interventions on the consequences of these conditions.
  2. To develop independent investigators and foster new investigations in the field of epidemiology pertinent to Veterans.
  3. To serve as a resource within VA for epidemiologic education and information on a broad range of descriptive, disease-specific, and methodological issues.
  4. To maintain accountability and to develop as an organization through appropriate communication, oversight, and introspection.
  5. To expand the impact and influence of the Seattle ERIC with the CSPEC program and to enhance its operational efficiency by collaborating with other programs.


Founded in December 1997, the Seattle ERIC has conducted epidemiologic research to improve the health and health care of Veterans for 20 years. Join us in the coming months as we reflect on the past 20 years and look forward to the future.