Office of Health Equity
Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar Series
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
12PM - 1PM
Title: Mental Health Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities and LGBT Veterans and the Impacts of Experiencing Discrimination
Veterans who are members of minority groups – whether racial or ethnic minorities, or identify as LGBT, experience mental health disparities and discrimination at higher rates than Veterans who aren’t members of these groups. The April 2020 Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar addresses these mental health disparities, the impacts of discrimination on Veterans’ mental health, efforts to improve these disparities, best practices for helping to ensure that these Veterans receive the mental health services they need.
|Juliette McClendon, PhD
Psychologist at the National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division and Clinician in the Women’s Trauma Recovery Team at VA Boston, and Teaching Fellow, Boston University School of Medicine
Nicholas Livingston, PhD, MA
Research Psychologist at the National Center for PTSD, Behavioral Science Division, Staff Psychologist, PTSD Clinical Team, VA Boston Healthcare System, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
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.