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Vixon Center Model of Excellence:Easter Seals Dixon Center Model of Excellence

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The context for the establishment of Easter Seals 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.

Easter Seals 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 Easter Seals 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 Easter Seals 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 Easter Seals Dixon Center exists to encourage strategies, projects, experiments, partnerships and other interventions that create links between employment, health care and education.

Easter Seals 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:

  • There is no replicable, community-based coordination mechanism across the 40,000-plus disparate organizations and federal and state governments as they interact and seek to serve active military service members, veterans and their families. This leads to silos of effort, wasted resources and an inability to ensure that active military service members and veterans are best integrated within their local community with consistent access to health care, jobs and meaningful employment.
  • There is a lack of coordination of the legislative efforts between local, state and the federal governments (especially the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs) in looking holistically at active military, veterans and their families via access to health care, jobs and employment. This leads to legislation with unintended consequences including deeper silos of support, disincentives for service suppliers to coordinate and confusion and frustration from those that they seek to serve.