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Dixon Center Model of Excellence
The context for the establishment of Dixon Center involves a decade at war, the stand up of tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations focused on military service members and veterans and our government struggling with delivering and simultaneously modernizing how it manages its long-term commitments to those who have served. Within this context sits millions of lives that deserve an integrated and holistic approach, rather than simply good-willed silos and heroic single-institution efforts.
Dixon Center is focused on the critical intersections of three areas that benefit our veterans, active military and their families -- access to heath care, meaningful employment and education. It is only through the linkage of the three that we can ensure that those who served all of us are engaged thoughtfully within a strategic context.
While Dixon Center will deeply consider the nuances and challenges within any one-focus area, we are called to go much deeper and see all parts as the interconnected system that it is.
Health care, employment and education solutions working together and problem solving holistically are what we describe as Dixon Center’s “Model of Excellence.” We believe that the thousands of organizations focused on our veterans, active military and their families will do more good, waste fewer resources and be more relevant by working together and collaborating across the model of excellence.
We don’t believe that there is a monolithic solution that will seamlessly link all three focus areas; but Dixon Center exists to encourage strategies, projects, experiments, partnerships and other interventions that create links between employment, health care and education.
Dixon Center has identified these two significant and misunderstood issues, which we will seek to resolve through our relentless pursuit of the Model of Excellence: