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Replicating and Scaling Promising Practices
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Our Mission

Diffusion of Excellence's mission is to identify, replicate, and scale emerging Promising Practices across VHA's nationwide health care system. We sponsor the annual VHA Shark Tank Competition and build capacity for diffusion activities through training, education, and tooling delivered to the country's largest health care workforce.

Diffusion Playbook

Since 2016, Diffusion of Excellence has developed repeatable, inclusive frameworks that enable practices, developed by VHA frontline employees, to obtain recognition and broader impact. The Diffusion of Excellence Playbook provides these diffusion principles in a workbook format for any innovator to craft, replicate, and scale their work.

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Diffusion of Excellence Programs

New Spotlight: VHA Shark Tank Competition

VHA Shark Tank Competition

Identifying Promising Employee-developed Innovations

The competition shines a spotlight on passionate employees that are addressing pressing VA health care priorities. VHA Shark Tank provides frontline innovators with an incredible opportunity to pitch their practice on a national stage. Then, they reel in bids with dedicated resources to replicate the practice at another VHA facility. The VHA Shark Tank marquee event is at the annual VHA Innovation Experience.

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VHA Shark Tank Competition

Base Camp

Preparing Promising Practices for Replication

Diffusion of Excellence Base Camp brings VHA Shark Tank winners and their selected VHA facilities together to develop implementation plans. Base Camp provides training on project and change management principles to ensure implementation success. The newly formed implementation teams walk away with actionable plans for the new VHA facilities.

New Spotlight: Base Camp
Base Camp
New Spotlight: National Diffusion Practices

National Diffusion Practices

Scaling Promising Practices Across the Enterprise

Diffusion of Excellence implements select Promising Practices with demonstrated impact, replicability, stakeholder support, and cost-effectiveness. A Diffusion Specialist from Diffusion of Excellence is assigned to each practice to promote the national implementation efforts.

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National Diffusion Practices

Diffusion Academy

Improving the Scalability and Sustainability of VA's Promising Innovations

VHA Diffusion Academy brings experienced innovators from across VHA's enterprise together to network, collaborate, and build a business case to further sustain and scale their innovations. Innovators receive training through expert panels and presentations to find resourcing opportunities, garner national stakeholder buy-in, and develop communication strategies.

New Spotlight: Diffusion Academy
New Spotlight: Diffusion Academy
New Spotlight: Diffusion Talent Accelerator

Diffusion Talent Accelerator

Embedding a Diffusion Culture Within VHA

Diffusion Talent Accelerator is a new offering by VHA Innovation Ecosystem that enables VISNs and National Program Offices to build and sustain a culture of learning by strengthening their ability to replicate and scale innovations. Participants receive training through face-to-face and virtual offerings that include human centered design, storytelling, facilitation, defining compelling metrics, and more.

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Diffusion Talent Accelerator

Diffusion Marketplace

Discover VA Innovations to Adopt at Your Facility

Diffusion Marketplace is a discovery and collaboration tool that curates VA's promising innovations, encourages their diffusion, and fosters engagement with greater health care communities. Diffusion Marketplace provides the knowledge base for innovators to improve access and care for thousands of Veterans.

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New Spotlight: Diffusion Marketplace
New Spotlight: Diffusion Marketplace
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News & Events

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Our Team

Blake Henderson - Diffusion of Excellence Director

Blake Henderson

Diffusion of Excellence Director

Amber Goetschius, MEd - Diffusion Specialist

Amber Goetschius, M.Ed.

Diffusion Specialist

Blaine Fitzgerald, MPH - Diffusion Specialist

Blaine Fitzgerald, MPH

Diffusion Specialist

Carl R. McCoy, MHRD, Sr. FAC PPM, FAC-COR III - Diffusion Specialist


Diffusion Specialist

Danielle Hagan, MSA - Diffusion Specialist

Danielle Hagan, MSA

Diffusion Specialist

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