Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar Series - Office of Health Equity
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Focus on Health Equity and Action Cyberseminar Series

This session has been cancelled.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
12PM - 1PM

Title:  Antiracism Resources and the Impact of Racism within VA


The topic of racism is pervasive in current conversations and news events. Race, racism, discrimination and related topics are often sensitive and difficult topics to deal with and evoke personal emotions. These topics affect us in group settings especially our places of employment. Learn more about accessing antiracism, discrimination and diversity resources and examine the impact of racism within VA.


Loretta Braxton  Loretta E. Braxton, PhD

Coordinator, Disruptive Behavior Team & Staff Psychologist, Durham VA Health Care System; Member, Antiracism and Black Equity Advisory Board, Durham VA Health Care System; Member, VHA Workplace Violence Prevention Program Diversity & Inclusion Technical Advisory Group; Founding Co-Chair, Multicultural & Diversity Committee, VHA Psychology Training Council

 Jessica Fulton
Jessica Fulton, PhD

Co-Chair, Antiracism and Black Equity Advisory Board, Durham VA Health Care System; Staff Psychologist, Rehabilitation, Geriatrics, Palliative and Hospice Care, Durham VA Health Care System; Psychology Internship Training Director, Durham VA Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine Division, Duke University School of Medicine; Senior Fellow, Duke Center for Aging and Human Development

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.

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Past Sessions

 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

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?