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Health Equity Action Plan

The Office of Health Equity (OHE) created the VHA Health Equity Action Plan (HEAP) in conjunction with the VA Health Equity Coalition. The HEAP provides a roadmap to achieving the goals and objectives found in the I CARE values, VA & VHA Strategic Plans and the Blueprint for Excellence.

The HEAP specifically and directly supports strategies 2.2a, 3.2a and 7.2b in the Blueprint for Excellence and objective 1e Quality & Equity in the VHA Strategic Plan through programs, initiatives and outreach that impact vulnerable Veteran populations.

The HEAP implementation strategies are conceptually modeled after the goals and strategies of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities’s (NPA) National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity (NSS) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. These goals are:

  1. Awareness;
  2. Leadership;
  3. Health system and life experience;
  4. Cultural and linguistic competency; and
  5. Data, research, and evaluation.

 Please view the following resources to learn more about the HEAP: