Office of Health Equity
Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar Series
Title: Promoting Healthcare Equity in Veterans with a Whole Health Approach: Focus on Hemoglobin A1c Control in Patients with Diabetes
Minority Veterans often have unique barriers to overcome around diabetes self-management. The May 2022 Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar highlights a quality improvement (QI) project that used the Primary Care Equity Dashboard (PCED) and focus groups to identify unique barriers and recommendations to improve diabetes self-management in non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic/Latino/a/x Veterans living with poorly controlled diabetes (i.e., HA1c >9). The results of this project were integrated within a social determinants of health model and were used to inform a multifaceted Whole Health group intervention using functional medicine to help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in diabetes control among Veterans.
Denise Fyffe PhD, Research Scientist, VA New Jersey Health Care System
Nancy Ann Cotter, MD, Director, VA New Jersey Whole Health Flagship
Researchers, clinicians, care coordinators, policy makers, educators, data analysts, Veteran stakeholders and representatives of vulnerable Veteran groups who are interested in understanding and/or promoting equitable health among all Veterans.
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About the Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminars
The VHA Office of Health Equity (OHE) in partnership with the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) launched the Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminars. Each cyberseminar spotlights activities that promote the implementation of the VHA Health Equity Action Plan (HEAP), and aims to:
- Catalyze, synergize, and coordinate VHA programs, projects, and initiatives to effectively identify, understand, seek and implement solutions to diminish and where possible eliminate health disparities;
- Demonstrate alignment with other federal partners working to achieve health equity;
- Bring focus to VHA efforts to provide a more equitable, individualized and patient-driven health care delivery system;
- Improve overall quality of care through equity in all policies and the achievement of health equity for all;
- Incorporate the innovative ideas and input of all users in order to encourage a bottom up approach while maintaining a strong connection to the overarching goals of the VA;
- Capitalize on the existing network of advocates and programs in both administrative and clinical realms to weave health equity dialogue and cultural attunement into training and other activities within and outside the health care system; and
- Serve as a guide and/or starting place that would remain a living document which is open to modification and adaptation to continuously meet the needs of the Veterans entrusted to the VHA.