About CIVIC - Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC)
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Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC)


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CIVIC’s Mission is to conduct research that empowers Veterans to improve their health through engagement in self-care, engagement with VA and non-VA healthcare systems, and engagement in the research process. CIVIC investigators focus on two integrated areas:

Conducting research that helps Veterans with mental health conditions, including pain, improve their health and safety. This includes research which seeks to:

  1. Promotes Veterans’ healthy behaviors, self-care, and active participation in mental health care.
  2. Decreases risks for suicide and other suicide behaviors.
  3. Decreases risks associated with prescription opioids, and optimize use of effective non-opioid pain treatments.

Conducting research that helps Veterans, their supports, and their clinicians create and sustain effective healthcare relationships. This includes developing and testing:

  1. Innovative tools and strategies that facilitate Veteran-clinician communication, decision-making, and trust.
  2. Tools and strategies that facilitate communication, collaboration, and coordination within and among care teams.


Steven K. Dobscha, MD
CIVIC Director
Portland VA Medical Center
503-220-8262 Ext. 52207