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Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC)

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Mission

The overall mission of the Seattle ERIC is to improve the health and health care of US Veterans by promoting the principles and practice of state-of-the-art epidemiologic research within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). To this end, the Center conducts research about the frequency and causes of health conditions and their outcomes in Veterans; disseminates information about the health of Veterans; and coordinates its activities with other VHA-supported Epidemiology Centers (ECs) within the Cooperative Studies Program.

Five Major Goals

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. Specific goals include the following:

  • 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.
  • To develop independent investigators and foster new investigations in the field of epidemiology pertinent to Veterans.
  • To serve as a resource within VA for epidemiologic education and information on a broad range of descriptive, disease-specific, and methodological issues.
  • To maintain accountability and to develop as an organization through appropriate communication, oversight, and introspection.
  • 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.