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Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar Series

Upcoming Session:
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
12PM - 1PM (ET)



Title: Tailoring Evidence Based Addiction Management to Veterans in the Homeless Program


The May Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar will review the epidemiology of homelessness in Hawaii, including excess burden in Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (NHPI) Communities, the impact of homelessness and methamphetamine addiction on health, and review interventions for addiction management and applications in Homeless Program.


Dr. Kathryn Ryder
Kathryn Ryder, MD, MS 
(she | her)

Homeless Program Primary Care Physician
Facility Epidemiologist
VA Pacific Islands Health Care System 

Chava Eve Sonnier, MSOD
Chava Eve Sonnier, MSOD
(she | her)

Health System Specialist
NHPI Veterans Center CoP Coordinator
Veterans Health Administration
Office of Health Equity

Intended audience:
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.

Past Sessions

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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:

  1. 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;
  2. Demonstrate alignment with other federal partners working to achieve health equity;
  3. Bring focus to VHA efforts to provide a more equitable, individualized and patient-driven health care delivery system;
  4. Improve overall quality of care through equity in all policies and the achievement of health equity for all;
  5. 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;
  6. 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
  7. 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.

Past sessions

01/10/2024 Assessing Circumstances and Offering Resources for Needs (ACORN): An Overview of a VHA Social Risk Screening and Social Needs Referral Initiative
11/08/2023 Applying Qualitative Methodology to Explore Access and Health Care Needs of LGBTQ+ Veterans Living with Spinal Cord Injury
09/13/2023 Harnessing Technology to Increase Access to Couple and Family Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders among Veterans
07/20/2023 Women Veterans' Experiences of VHA Care: Intersection of Sex and Race-Ethnicity in the National Veteran Health Equity Report
06/14/2023 A Look at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives at Different Levels of the VA
05/10/2023 Using the Primary Care Equity Dashboard to Support a Novel Patient Outreach Program to Improve Hypertension & Racial Disparities in Primary Care
03/08/2023 Quality Improvement and Research: How to Leverage These Two Processes to Achieve Health Equity
01/11/2023 Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Prescription of SGLT2 Inhibitors and GLP1 Receptor Agonists Among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in the Veteran Health Administration System
11/09/2022 Advancing Health Equity Through Inclusive Digital Health Measurement Product Development and Deployment
09/14/2022 Highlights from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Linkage Program: A New Resource to Assess Veterans' Health
07/13/2022 Enhancing Primary Care Experience in Patients with Homeless Experience and Chronic Pain: Lessons Learned from the Primary Care Quality-Homeless Services Tailoring (PCQ-HOST) Study
05/11/2022 Promoting Healthcare Equity in Veterans with a Whole Health Approach: Focus on Hemoglobin A1c Control in Patients with Diabetes
03/01/2022 The WHO's Greatest ICD-10 Hits for Fiscal Year 2022: Social Determinants of Health
01/12/2022 Identifying Differences in COVID-19 Infection, Mortality, and Vaccine Receipt in Veterans
11/10/2021 Selected Findings from the 2021 National Veteran Health Equity Report: Disparities by Veteran Race/Ethnicity and Socio-economic Status
10/13/2021 Cultivating Equitable Research Through Partnership with the Growing Rural Outreach through Veteran Engagement (GROVE) Center
09/08/2021 Using the Primary Care Equity Dashboard to Support an Equity-Focused Quality Improvement (QI) Initiative
07/14/2021 Antiracism Resources and the Impact of Racism within VA
05/12/2021 Selected Findings: National Veteran Health Equity Report 2021
03/10/2021 Reducing Racial and Ethnic Algorithmic Bias and Ensuring that VA Algorithms are Fair
01/13/2021 The Chartbook on Healthcare for Veterans: VA and AHRQ Identify Opportunities to Improve Care and Reduce Disparities for Veterans
11/04/2020 Systematic Screening of Veterans for Health-related Social Needs: An Ethical Imperative
07/08/2020 Reducing Disparities in Diabetic Foot Ulcers with Research, Clinical Care, and Technology
04/08/2020 Mental Health Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities and LGBT Veterans and the Impacts of Experiencing Discrimination
01/08/2020 Exercise Disparities and Creating Sports Opportunities Through the Winter Sports Clinic
10/09/2019 Addressing the Housing Needs of Homeless Veterans
07/10/2019 Social Risks for Adverse Health Outcomes Among Veterans
04/10/2019 Opioid Use Disorder and Employment Disparities in Justice-Involved Veterans
01/09/2019 Obesity Disparities and the Use of Activity Tracker Technology to Facilitate Healthy Behavior
10/10/2018 Making Health Equity Data Actionable with Visualizations
02/22/2018 Pursuing Health Equity for Veterans with a Dedicated National Program Office—Five Years in Review 
12/18/2017 Using Quality Improvement Projects to Demonstrate Health Equity in Action for Vulnerable Veterans
11/16/2017 Advancing Health Equity Through Partnered Evaluation and Action
10/26/2017 New Vietnam Veteran Studies on Health and Mortality
09/28/2017 Promoting Health Equity with the Virtual Medical Center
07/27/2017 Using Effective Communication of Healthcare Disparities and Vulnerabilities to Empower Professionals, Veterans and Stakeholders
06/29/2017 Chronic Health Conditions among Vulnerable Veterans: Current Research and Action
04/27/2017 Military Service History and VA Benefit Utilization for Minority Veterans
03/30/2017 Incorporating Social Determinants of Health into VHA Patient Care and Electronic Medical Records
02/23/2017 Using Veterans’ Stories to Promote Health Equity and Reduce Disparities
01/26/2017 State of VHA Care for Vulnerable Veterans
10/27/2016 Release of the Inaugural VHA National Veteran Health Equity Report
06/30/2016     National Expert Panel Discussion on TBI & Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Morbidity & Mortality among Vulnerable Veterans
04/28/2016 Race/Ethnicity Data Collection in the Veterans Health Administration
03/24/2016 Using Data to Characterize Vulnerable Veteran Populations
02/25/2016 Treatment of HCV-ALD Among VHA Vulnerable Populations
01/21/2016 Findings from the VISN 4 Hypertension Racial Disparities Quality Improvement Project
11/19/2015 Office of Health Equity Hepatitis C Virus-Advanced Liver Disease Disparities Dashboard
04/27/2015 Disparities in Healthcare Quality Indicators among Adults with Mental Illness: A systematic review
09/24/2014 Partnership in Pursuit of Health Equity: Focus on Minority Veterans
03/05/2014 ACA-Health Equity/Disparities Connection
11/04/2013 VHA Office of Health Equity- What is it all about?